Jon Jones competed in the main event of UFC 232, defeating Alexander Gustafsson by third round TKO to regain the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping was an analyst for Fox Sports before and after the event, but was apparently cursed out by Jones for some questions that were asked on the post-fight show.
“Alright, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson…Friday, on the weigh-in show. We had to interview Jon Jones on the weigh-in show and of course, every time we do this…we at Fox Studios, which is obviously a well polished machine. Its not like like Believe You Me, where we just freestyle. Everything is planned with a fine tooth comb, its proper TV…so they have to know, the producers, what questions are asked. So they tell us what questions to ask and they give us them on little printed out cards, now the only thing is that I don’t care about asking difficult questions and I asked Jon Jones some questions. Which apparently…he didn’t like, because after the fight, we interviewed him again. When we were on commercial break, he was talking shit. ‘Is that mother f*cker…’ to whoever the powers to be are at Fox, ‘is that mother f*cker Michael Bisping going to be asking questions again, with his dumb sh*t.’ I was like ‘oh yeah,’” Bisping said on Believe You Me.
Jones has failed two drug tests before, with one happening before UFC 200 and the other in line with UFC 214.
Bisping says it was the questions about the recent drug test abnormalities that caused the heat with Jones.
“I asked him…here’s what we never talked about. He tested positive in August…he tested positive in September and he tested positive in December. Now they’re saying that the metabolites and the presence of whatever he took, Turinabol, can stay in his body for a long time. So, if you put that all together, he’s probably going to test positive after the fight. So I said ‘Jon, has there been any discussion as to what happens if you test positive after the fight?’ Because I’ll tell you what, if I’m Alexander Gustafsson and you stop me in the third round, but the mother f*cker tests positive and I don’t care how many small pinches of salt it is in an Olympic size swimming pool…I want that overturned to a f*cking no contest because you tested positive after the fact. I asked him that and he just said ‘well I’m really looking forward to this fight and that’s gonna be great and blah blah blah.’ He just totally ignored the question, so I went back at him again and I kind of slightly reworded it and once again…he ignored it and you can see that he wasn’t happy. I wasn’t trying to be a dick with Jon, I love watching Jon Jones fight…he’s incredible. I’ve been around him enough throughout my fight career, Jon’s always been cool with me. I’ve always liked the guy, but in that position we’re in…you gotta ask those questions,” says Bisping.
The UFC also did move UFC 232 from Las Vegas, Nevada to Inglewood, California after the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) found an abnormality in Jones’s drug test.