UFC 200: Jon Jones Admits Reading ‘Former Champ’, “Doesn’t Feel Right”
By FCF Staff
Although everyone understands that Jon Jones never lost the UFC’s light-heavyweight title in the Octagon itself, the renowned fighter isn’t happy he’s not the official champ.
Following his arrest on hit-and-run charges last year, Jones was stripped of the UFC’s 205 title. Just a few months earlier at UFC 182, Jones had defeated Daniel Cormier to record his eighth title defense.
Well, now Jones is the UFC’s interim champ and he’s about to rematch the reigning champ Cormier, at UFC 200, July 9th. Recently the Jackson – Wink MMA fighter had this to say about his official status (quote via UFC.com):
“I feel like I’ve been a champion the majority of my career with the UFC, and that’s just what I got used to,” Jones said. “People were calling me ‘champ’ and I was known as the champ. Now, when I read articles and people say, ‘Former light heavyweight champion,’ it just doesn’t feel right and it bothers me. So I can’t wait to get that ‘former’ taken off the front of my name.”
“I’ve got the interim title next to my real belt, but it doesn’t mean anything to me at all,” added Jones.
The 28 year-old fighter returned to the Octagon in April and earned a UD win over Ovince Saint Preux, to become interim champ.
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.