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Jon Jones, Tyson Griffin Engage in Twitter War; Jones Offers Griffin Job as Waterboy

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Jon Jones’ next fight is more than a month away, but the UFC Light-Heavyweight kingpin is having a hard time staying out of the headlines this week.

Jones engaged in a war of words with former UFC lightweight and Daniel Cormier training partner Tyson Griffin on Twitter. Griffin tweeted the following reaction to Jones saying that Cormier needs more top wins to claim his shot at the belt:

Jones stayed away from publicly confronting Griffin, opting to send him private messages on twitter in response. Take a look at Jones’ messages below:

Photo via https://twitter.com/TysonGriffin
Photo via https://twitter.com/TysonGriffin
Photo via https://twitter.com/TysonGriffin
Photo via https://twitter.com/TysonGriffin

 

Photo via https://twitter.com/TysonGriffin
Photo via https://twitter.com/TysonGriffin

Jones later tweeted the following in response to the day’s twitter scuffle:

 

The Twitter scuffle could provide a significant step towards Jones squaring off with Cormier in his next bout. It’s obvious that Jones has become a bit annoyed with fans and media types calling for him to fight Cormier. Jones may want to squash all talk of him “ducking” Cormier and fight him as soon as possible.

One thing that is concerning about this story is Jones’ inability to stay away from meaningless confrontations. A fighter as skilled as Jones only needs to be destructive inside the Octagon, not on social media. The UFC has struggled to maintain a positive image for Jones and small twitter scuffles like this make it no easier. Jones needs to learn that his words are scrutinized more than any other fighter and needs to act accordingly.

Either way, fans will see Jon Jones in action next month when he takes on Glover Texeira April 26 at UFC 172 in Baltimore, Maryland. The card will air live on pay-per-view following preliminary action on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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