Jon Jones var den 21 september 2013 nära på att förlora bältet då han tog sig an Alexander Gustafsson, i en match som ägde rum vid UFC 165 i Toronto. I en intervju via ”FOXSports” pratar lätt tungviktsmästaren Jones om sin arrogans, samt så har han ett och annat att säga om Gustafsson:
I think I am. I think I am a little arrogant. I think it’s really important. The thing about me I say all the time is, I notice that I’m full of myself and I am arrogant to some degree, but it’s obviously only when it comes to talking about MMA, where literally, I do the wildest stuff. I don’t think I live like a celebrity at all. All my friends are normal people, normal dudes who do the most normal stuff all the time. But when it comes to MMA, there is a big chip on my shoulder. There is a way that I look at myself, and I think it’s really, really important.
It’s something I’m not really apologetic for. As I get older and as I win more, I start to embrace it even more. The biggest thing is not to be apologetic for it. I realize it’s a big part of the reason I’m able to perform out there. The moment I let fear seep is the moment the fights start getting closer and closer. So yeah, I think it’s important to be an absolute believer and have that confidence.
Följande hade Jon att säga om Alexander:
I think it’s funny when people say I need to beat Gustafsson again to prove my greatness. It’s like, what makes Gustafsson great? Because he had a close fight with me? What else has he really done to prove that he’s great, you know what I mean? Styles make matchups.
He’s not a champion at all. I’ve won the belt seven times. He got tapped by Phil Davis and lost to me fair and square. This guy gets so much praise. Having a close fight with me was the greatest thing he’s ever done. And I think he’s like living off of that and feeding off of it and loving it. It’s a defeat. It’s still a defeat. The guy’s driving around on a new motorcycle with a new Rolex like he’s the champ. It’s like, ’Dude, you lost. You still lost.’ You have so much pride for coming close to me. I would be pissed off if I was him.
Having the fight with Gustafsson, I got a taste of what it would be like if I actually lost. Hearing things like, ’You suck,’ I ask myself, how can I suck after beating almost every legend in light-heavyweight history? But hearing this negative backlash from having such a close fight has motivated me to not ever lose. It’s like, if people can talk to me like this for having a close fight, imagine what guys who lose hear? It’s a different level of motivation I’ve gotten through having such a close fight.
Den 26 april kommer Jones att återigen kliva in i oktagonen, då han tar sig an utmanaren Glover Teixeira vid UFC 172 i Baltimore.