Bas Rutten Clarifies Recent ‘Dirty Fighter’ Comments About Jon Jones
By FCF Staff
Recently Bas Rutten turned a few heads throughout MMA, while weighing in on whether Jon Jones was ‘dirty’, during his decision win over Glover Teixeira at UFC 172.
While appearing on AXS TV’s “Inside MMA”, Rutten argued that Jones knew exactly what he was doing, when he was reaching out his hands to create distance versus Teixeira.
Jones was warned twice during the bout for poking Teixeira in the eyes, and Rutten noted “I would have to say yes”, when asked if the champ was a ‘dirty fighter.’
Well, in a follow-up post on Facebook, Rutten clarified his comments:
Wow, some people don’t listen to what I say, they just “assume”. This is what I meant and you can get that from what I said on Inside MMA
Jon Jones knows exactly what he’s doing when he fights, that’s why he is such a great fighter. He is calculated and totally aware of what he is doing.
I said in interviews over a hundred times, that the key to be a good fighter is to be relaxed, fight the same under pressure as you do in training and you are good to go.
If Jones wouldn’t have been as calm and collected I could have givin this to “oops” made a mistake.
Unless he was looking down, I said, (so he didn’t know his fingers were in his eyes) he was doing it on purpose. Why else, if he’s looking straight at him (I didn’t check if he was looking down or up, I also said) would he put his fingers in his eyes for a couple of seconds?
Now the question was if he was a dirty fighter based on the eye pokes, to me THAT was dirty but it’s not that he’s doing anything else illegal.
Jones is expected to face Alexander Gustafsson for a second time later this year.