Jon Jones Says People Have Made Excuses About His Success

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Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will battle for the soon to be vacated gold in the main event of UFC 232.

The former champ has had a ton of success in professional MMA and he feels that people are always making excuses when that happens.

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“I feel like people have always wanted to kind of say, ‘Well, the reason why he’s so good is because his brother is around the NFL,’ or, ‘He’s so good because he has really long arms,’” Jones said on ESPN First Take. “People have always made excuses for my success instead of just saying, ‘You know what? This guy is actually really intelligent. He has a really good fight IQ, and this is what makes him a champion.’ I feel like I have a lot to prove. I’ve always had a lot to prove.” 

Jones is returning to action for the first time since failing a drug test in line with UFC 214.

Two division UFC champion Daniel Cormier is somebody who has been critical of Jones in the past, but Jones has a message for DC.

“What is my reaction to that? Can we swear on this show? Screw Daniel Cormier,” Jones said. “Screw Daniel Cormier. My last situation was a terrible situation, steroid allegation type of thing. It wasn’t an allegation — I did have a trace amount of steroids in my body. Thank goodness went through their whole process to prove my innocence. Through science, we were able to prove that there was a very trace amount of steroids in my body. One of the people said, ‘The amount of steroids in Jon Jones’ body was like taking a pinch of salt and throwing it into an Olympic-sized swimming pool.’”

UFC 232 takes place on Saturday, December 29 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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