Jon Jones (left) says he beat Alexander Gustafsson "fair and square," so he doesn't know why Gustafsson is talking so much smack.
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Jon Jones is growing weary of Alexander Gustafsson talking about him in the press.
The UFC light heavyweight champion told FOX Sports that Gustafsson is "delusional" and has too many people on Twitter telling him he’s the real champ. Jones beat Gustafsson in a five-round war to retain the title back in September and Gustafsson has once again earned the spot as No. 1 contender.
"I respected him a lot more before we fought," Jones said. "I’ll tell you what, he has so much arrogance for someone who didn’t win."
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Gustafsson has fired some barbs at Jones recently after beating Jimi Manuwa in March to earn the next shot at the belt after Glover Teixeira, who meets Jones at UFC 172 on April 26 in Baltimore. Gustafsson said in an interview with BT Sport that Jones is trying to duck him and told FOX Sports that he is a bad matchup for Jones.
"I find it funny, because Gustafsson lost the fight fair and square," Jones said. "I will admit he won Round 1 and Round 3, but that’s it. I won the fight. I’ve never heard someone chirp so much who lost. I could see if I poked him in the eye and the fight had to be stopped or I caught him with a big punch while he was winning and it was a fluke or something. But it was nothing like that."
I proved that I have three times the heart that he did.
-Jon Jones on Alexander Gustafsson
The fight was close. Some even believe Gustafsson actually should have won the decision, but the judges thought differently and Jones still holds the belt. If Jones can beat Teixeira, the two are likely to meet again, perhaps before 2014 is up. That’s gearing up to be huge fight for the UFC.
"We fought our hearts out," Jones said. "I proved that I have three times the heart that he did."
Jones added that Gustafsson had "every opportunity to seize the moment" and win the fight, but he could not. Which is why he thinks he should be a little quieter.
"He needs to close his mouth and go back to the drawing board," Jones said, "and humbly come back for a second chance."