Alexander Gustafsson will face UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in a title fight on September 21, and if his recent quotes are any indication, there may be a bit of bad blood brewing.
“I take inspiration from what Chris Weidman did against Anderson,” Gustaffson told Fighters Only. “This could be the year when a lot of title belts change hands. This is a totally different fight, of course, but Weidman proved that nobody is invincible. Hendricks versus GSP is also a good fight that could end with a new champion too.”
“He’s a little brat in an adult’s body. Jones is a very immature boy in a grown man’s body,” said Gustaffson. “It is not always that a person is himself in front of the cameras, and that’s Jones. If you’re with him for a week, as I did at UFC World Press Tour … you see the way he behaves. He is a real bully.”
“It’s like you spoil a kid. You just say yes, yes, everything that a kid ask for. Since there are no limits. It is all haywire. No, his behavior then … No, I’m not a fan of it if I say so.”
“We would do an interview together in England. Me and Andrew [Michael] had to sit and wait for Jones was delayed. When he comes in 45 minutes late, he asks not even apologize. Neither me or to those who would do the interview.”
“I am a professional and have great respect for Jones as a fighter. There are not many who can do what he has done and he deserves all the respect. But as a person, as a role model, I’m really not a fan.”
Alexander Gustafsson will face Jon Jones at UFC 165 on September 21. It will air live on PPV.