Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones before fighting Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones received a well-publicized verbal trouncing from Dana White when he was forced to cancel UFC 151, and Jones has had to answer many questions about it since then. The champ, who is facing off with Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 152, spoke to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on the eve of his meeting with Dana, and basically says that he forgives the boss for what he said and did:
"I'm just gonna tell him I forgive him, pretty much. I have a general intention of what I want to happen and basically it's going to be based around forgiveness. I'm not expecting him to apologize but I'm moving forward. I'm moving forward. Dana spoke his mind and ultimately he can't take back what happened and I can't take back what happened. I don't think he wants to and I don't want to. We're just going to be me and keep this great journey that we have going. We're both ambassadors for the UFC. Us not being on the same page, like I said on Sportscenter, it makes no sense for us MMA fans and MMA nation. I want to do great things and I think having him on my side, and not being known to him as a troublemaker to him will be beneficial for both of us."
You can catch the whole interview below the jump, where he talks about whether he'll be keeping the bushy beard for his fight this weekend, how Toronto fans will react to him, the idea of him being fake, Belfot insinuating he's a diva, and much more.