After it seemed as if the two would meet Super Bowl weekend in February, the UFC announced that wasn’t the case.
Recently, Jones talked with Newsday about why that date didn’t work for him.
“It was just a little too close,” the fighter said, in regards to the time between his win over Alexander Gustafsson and the card. “I felt like I was rushing a bit.”
Jones (19-1) surpassed Tito Ortiz for the most successful title defenses, but this one vs. Gustafsson was the closest ever. Most called for an immediate rematch, but “Bones” will face the Brazilian first, likely in March.
While he didn’t leave the Octagon vs. “The Mauler” on his own two feet, Jones stated that he is progressing well from the 25-minute war.
“My foot is not 100 percent, but my face and my body feels great,” Jones said. “I felt like it was the biggest win of my career because of hard fought it was. I felt like it was a huge blessing. I’ve always asked for a dogfight. I’ve always looked for a legitimate fight and I got it and it feels good to have that under my belt now. Hopefully in the future I can get back to more dominating ways.”
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