Jon Jones on 'delusional' Alexander Gustafsson: 'I proved that I have three times the heart'

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

Alexander Gustafsson has been sounding off about Jon Jones lately, and the champ has now responded.

It sounds like UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is none too happy about Alexander Gustafsson's recent comments. Jones and Gustafsson fought a close fight at UFC 165, but it was JBJ that came out on top. Since then, Gustafsson has talked of the champ avoiding him and trying to do his own matchmaking to stay away from that bout. Jones was asked about those comments by Fox Sports recently, and he responded with his typical candor:

"I respected him a lot more before we fought," Jones said. "I'll tell you what, he has so much arrogance for someone who didn't win."

"I find it funny, because Gustafsson lost the fight fair and square," Jones said. "I will admit he won Round 1 and Round 3, but that's it. I won the fight. I've never heard someone chirp so much who lost. I could see if I poked him in the eye and the fight had to be stopped or I caught him with a big punch while he was winning and it was a fluke or something. But it was nothing like that."

...

"I proved that I have three times the heart that he did."

He closed it out with another terse statement:

"He needs to close his mouth and go back to the drawing board," Jones said, "and humbly come back for a second chance."

Jones meets Glover Teixeira for the title at UFC 172, and UFC president Dana White has said that Gustafsson gets the winner of the bout.

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