When UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones walked out of the Octagon after earning a unanimous decision over Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172 the expectation was that he would sign on the dotted line for a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson. More than a month has passed since Jones' win over Teixeira, and the champion has yet to sign on to face Gustafsson, the No. 1 contender for his title.
The delay in getting the fight signed does not sit well with Gustafsson, who has signed his half of the bout agreement. Another person that is less than pleased that he doesn't have both fighter's signatures on that agreement is UFC president Dana White.
White, speaking to the media prior to the recent UFC Fight Night event in Berlin, said that the UFC is currently waiting for Jones to sign the deal to make the rematch with Gustafsson a reality. When pressed on why there was a delay on the part of the UFC champion, a bemused smile crept across the face of the UFC president, and he simply replied, "Ask Jon Jones."
As for his opinion on the delay, White remarked, "I don't like it, I don't like it at all."
Jones and Gustafsson first met at UFC 165. After a hard fought five rounds, Jones was declared the victor via unanimous decision. The fight took home Fight of the Year honors at the 2013 World MMA Awards, and was arguably the best title fight in UFC light heavyweight history.
Jones has said in the past that he and the UFC have not always seen eye to eye on things, and from all appearances this seems to be another one of those instances.
If and when the fight does get signed, White said he expects the bout to take place in Las Vegas sometime in August or September.