UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones didn’t expect to see action again until October. However, his plans were altered this week when the organization decided to schedule him for a scrap on September 21 with Alexander Gustafsson.
Though Jones’ preference may have been to wait a little longer before returning to the ring, don’t expect any complaints from “Bones” even though he’s still healing up from a serious toe injury. The 25-year old title-holder spoke to MMAFighting about how the clash came about, saying he was happy to help his employers out even if it wasn’t an ideal situation.
“They wanted me to fight in August for the first FOX Sports 1 card, but I just thought that would be a bad idea. It was a great opportunity. I definitely want to fight on free television for the fans. I realize there’s a lot of people out there that aren’t in a position to buy pay-per-view. So, I would be honored to fight for the fans on free television, and I was going to jump at the opportunity, but I took a few steps back and really evaluated whether that would be a smart idea or not and realized that I should do that another time.”
“I was hoping for October, but Dana asked me to do September, so I thought I would be a team player and try to help the UFC out with their scheduling. Having me so close to Toronto, I thought it would make sense for the company, so I took the fight. At the same time, I don’t feel rushed at all, so it worked out for the both of us.”
Jones-Gustafsson are set to headline UFC 165 in Toronto.
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