UFC light-heavyweight title challenger and No. 1 ranked fighter, Alexander Gustafsson, is starting to get frustrated with division wunderkind and class champion, Jon Jones.
Taking to his Facebook account (FB) earlier today (May 29), Gustafsson made note of the fact that Jones has still not signed their (targeted) August 30, UFC 177, fight agreement; something “The Mauler” did prior to UFC 173 (May 24), when he signed his (Gustafsson’s) new contract.
As the 27-year-old “Mauler” posted to FB’s site, “Bones” has had the contract for four days and still hasn’t put his signature to it. Concordantly, the Swedish fighter thinks the champ is “delaying.”
“Jon “Bones” Jones, 4 days have (passed) and still no signature from you on that piece of paper from the UFC.
As a Champ, accept my challenge. You have something that belongs to me and I want it.
The fans are waiting, so come on now, stop delaying.”
Fresh out of the ring from his April 26, UFC 172, trashing of Glover Teixeira, it could be postulated that Jones is trying to buy himself more of a respite before he agrees to defend his title again.
However, it’s more likely that Jones hasn’t signed his UFC 177 bout agreement with Gustafsson because “Bones” – like Gustafsson before him – is in negotiations with the promotion, and as such, the champ won’t be signing anything until he comes to terms with the senior circuit and inks his new contract.
As Gustafsson must obviously know this, his post is probably more of a ‘I’m bored and feel like talking about the fight on a Thursday afternoon, online eye-poke,’ at Jones. And not Gustafsson being of a legitimate belief that the champ is trying to forestall or evade, in any way, Jones vs. Gustafsson II. That ship has sailed and all hands will be onboard.
Photo coutesy of Alexander Gustafsson (FB)