UFC heavyweight slugger and season ten cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, Matt Mitrione has today been speaking about how he’d like to be the man that eventually welcomes light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones to the land of the giants, explaining he’s not a fan of the man dubbed “Bones” especially after his recent actions.
Speaking via MMAFighting.com, Mitrione said:
“I’m not a fan of Jon Jones as a person, but I like Jon Jones as a fighter. I think he’s athletic and I think he has a lot of talent. As a fighter, I understand why he said, “no.” He has a lot to lose. I’m sure Jon Jones said the show shouldn’t have been riding on his shoulders. Just cuz he decided he didn’t want to fight whoever, it shouldn’t have cancelled the entire show. Well ,that’s true to a certain extent, but on the other side of that coin is that, dude, you’ve been paid a pretty ridiculous amount of money ,we all can pretty much guess. You have been branded the face of the UFC, branded a new face of a new division in Nike. There is some responsibility you have (to say),”You know what, I’m the best in the world, it doesn’t matter who the hell it is, let’s get down and dance.” Sometimes you got to do that. The dude hasn’t even struggled in his fights, hasn’t even struggled. There has to be a time where you say, “Ok, I’m pretty damn good, let’s go ahead, it don’t matter who’s in front of me” kind of thing. I don’t see Alistair Overeem, or Junior dos Santos or even Cain Velasquez for that matter, saying no to a fight against any heavyweight.”
“I think he shows a lot of douchey quality when he talks about, “Well, I’m a business man,” I’m just being honest. “I’m a business man here, I got less pay-per-views for this guy so why would I want to fight him?” Dude, you want to fight him because he is probably the next best person in line. Maybe you talk about this stuff with your camp people or your manager, but you don’t bitch about that or make it your main argument of why you turned down a fight or why you don’t want to fight someone. That’s my opinion. Overtime, I think he went from being a pretty cool guy, pretty humble, to being about as arrogant as I can handle. He’s so cocky, he seems like really, so disingenuous and just blah, just not my flavor of a human being, that’s all. I even told Joe Silva, if Jon Jones is talking about going to heavyweight, I’d love to welcome Jon Jones to the heavyweight division. I’m not going to have a title anytime soon, so it’s not going to be some superfight, but if you want to come play around in the heavyweight division, I’d love to try and punch you in the face. Let me be James Irvin, let me do that, cool.”
Mitrione opened his MMA and UFC career with five straight wins inside the octagon, including a second round knockout of Christian Morecraft. He was derailed last time out however when French stand-up artist, Cheick Kongo beat him via unanimous decision. He was due to face Rob Broughton on the UFC on FX 5 card but injury cancelled the fight. He’ll face Phil De Fries at UFC 155 on December 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada.