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Jon Jones open to the possibility of a bout with Junior dos Santos

Fans’ desire to see the UFC ask Jon Jones to face Junior dos Santos in late May has slowed down as of late, as the current UFC light heavyweight champ has a date with Rashad Evans set for later this month and it appears Alistair Overeem may be cleared to face Dos Santos over Memorial Day Weekend for the UFC heavyweight title after all.

However, that’s not to say they couldn’t eventually face off. In a recent interview with Prickly Pair Studios, “Bones” was asked about squaring off with Dos Santos inside the Octagon should he get past Evans and was only mildly apprehensive to the idea.

“It is something I would totally entertain,” said Jones. “But at the same time, I have so much respect for Junior dos Santos. He’s such a cool dude. He treated me like his brother when we were in Brazil together. If it was somebody else, I would definitely go for it. But it’s Junior.”

“I’m not even a heavyweight so to pick a fight with Junior…that doesn’t really make sense to me,” Jones continued, turning his focus back to his current divisional home. “There’s a lot of work to be done in the light heavyweight division.”

Jones has stated in the past that he believes a move to heavyweight is in his future, even pushing to make that jump this year before the UFC bosses stepped in and said he still had unfinished business at 205.

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25 COMMENTS
  • THEGUNNER says:

    im not liking the way bones is leading the jackson camp. I used to respect jackson a lot more before bones came along. the good thing is I watched ufc before jones started fighting and ill be still watching when hes long gone.

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  • MCM says:

    “He’s such a cool dude. He treated me like his brother when we were in Brazil together. ” Jones

    So now it’s UNCOOL to fight someone that treated you like a brother? STFU Jones!

    and thumbs up THEGUNNER.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    “Fighter Willing to Fight Other Fighter”.

    Don’t know about you guys, but this shocks me!

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    First, MCM WTF are you talking about?
    He says Jr is a cool dude and treated him like a bro but is open to the idea of fighting him. WTF are you banging on about? Where does he say its uncool or imply it?
    2nd GUNNER WTF are you on about? You have no idea at all how Jackson or Bones run the camp. Are you a member do you train there? Haters!
    I cant understand why anyone would have a problem with a fighter saying “I like him but I will fight him”.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    thank u Logic. saved me some ranting except foe this. it was Evans who first threw out the not fighting his freind/training partner

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  • elsicilian says:

    I think the decision to fight or not to fight guys from your camp and/or guys with whom you have a close personal relationship is a very personal one. You can’t just say one guy is “cool” for not wanting to fight while the other one isn’t. Ultimately there are some very strong conflicting emotions going on (ie. the competitiveness of the highest levels of athletic competition vs. the very human desire to not pummel your friends), and you have to respect that different guys deal with it in different ways.

    It’s one thing for Rashad Evans to call out Bones Jones for his attitude on the subject, and quite another for folks on the outside. Lighten up, and be thankful you don’t have to make those kinds of impossible choices as part of your life/livelihood.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    For matters like that, I think it comes down to the dialog between the fighters. I think Jones’ explanation seems fine. “He’s a good guy, but if it came down to it we would probably fight.” Munoz and Silva have a similar deal, although Silva figures he’ll be retired before Munoz gets a crack at his belt.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    There’s been plenty of friends though who are perfectly willing to beat the hell out of each other in the cage, and then be best friends outside of it.

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  • MCM says:

    @LOGIC
    “If it was somebody else, I would definitely go for it. But it’s Junior.”” That “but it’s junior” part implies that he would rather NOT fight someone he considers a friend. Where as he was more than willing to fight his teammate Rashad. Reading comprehension, learn it.

    And this isn’t the right place moosebaby, but it wasn’t Rashad that had the “don’t fight teammates” mentality. That was the deal with being part of Jacksons MMA. Rashad said it, Jardine said it, Marquardt said it, Carwin said it, everyone said it. Except Jones. He said “Sure, if Dana wants us to fight.” It’s not even about the belt cause Rashad supported Jones in getting the title shot. I’m sure they all could have worked something out internally, but Jones went out publicly and broke the one cardinal rule of the team.

    If Teammates want to fight each other, I’m all for it. If they don’t, I understand. But if your opponent is not a teammate and just a friend, you shouldn’t have a problem fighting him.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    If jackson was more of a coach.he would not corner one man over another if they were both on his team he created. Hes not a coach bu a buisness man. We ll see more of that when the next best thing comes to his camp and he turns his back on jones for the $. Jacksons gonna be in the corner of whos making his pockets fat. The he ll take respect on having the best game plans and step to the next guy he can make $ off of.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    jackson gets evens on both covers of his book but evans cant get jackson in his corner? Plus I havnt seen anyong using guidojitsu lately maybe because they all have their own styles and jackson just gets a piecf of what pies the sweetest.

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  • adamsfamily says:

    i thiks its absurd in professional paid contact sports to take the stance that there is no one you would fight.

    I think a fighter at heart would fight would fight for free and fight his friend/teammate regardless.

    They should be able to separate the emotional tie, do the job and shake after the fight, have a drink and a laugh about how one beat the other that time out.

    Best man wins – but both win respect, even if it not given verbally. If one loses and emotional distraction contributed majorly to the defeat – tough shit – the other man was more prepared and deserved to win.

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  • elsicilian says:

    I think it’s absurd for desk jockeys to presume to tell a fighter how he should feel about assaulting a close friend. This isn’t a friendly round of golf or hand of poker … you are physically bludgeoning another person with the sole intention of inflicting grievous physical damage upon them. Yes they are professional fighters, and obviously you expect everyone to be professional about it; but this is categorically different from other “contact sports” … even otherwise violent ones. Anyone who can’t understand that just doesn’t get it at all …

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  • adamsfamily says:

    being professional, taking paid work to do that job to the fullest is your choice – if that job includes risking the health of others – including people you might love – and you cant face it, then you are in the wrong job.

    Ill informed detractors, people who refer to our chosen sport still as human cockfighting, forget that a pair of consenting adults sign on the line to do this for and to make a living.

    and i’ve fought a friend before, and lost to the bastard to boot!

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  • Hey Gunner Rashad quit the team, which is why Jackson wasnt going to corner him. Blame Rashad for getting all pissed off and whining that everyone’s payin attention to Jones and no one is paying attention to him. Of course no one paid attention to Rashad, he was injured and Bones had a fight whereas Rashad had to sit around and heal up. Rashad was mad because Bones said he’d fight him and that was a rule amongst the team that everyone followed.. Jackson usually wont corner either man (When GSP was supposed to fight condit he said he wouldnt corner either because of the deal that teammates dont fight.)
    IMO as a team rule I find not fighting each other stupid, but as a personal choice, I can understand the desire to not bludgeon your friends. Many guys have been great friends and put on great fights (sell vs. smith, Serra vs. Lytle, Hendo vs. Rampage.) but if you cant risk injuring your friend you just cant. However just like anything in life there are consequences and then you pay the price of never bein champ until your friend has lost his title or retired.

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  • elsicilian says:

    @adamsfamily – surgeons don’t operate on their friends and family. attorneys don’t prosecute their friends and family. peyton manning refused to play in the NFC because he didn’t want to oppose his brother’s team. Randy Wolf is an MLB pitcher and his brother is an umpire … the brother never calls Randy’s games.

    It’s called “conflict of interest,” and it’s a pretty regular occurrence in all sorts of jobs (competitive or otherwise), and there is nothing “unprofessional” about it. YOU might have no problem physically assaulting your friends and family. Good for you. Have at it. The point is: plenty of others don’t feel that way, and expecting them to (or deeming them “unprofessional” if they find it appropriate to recuse themselves) is simply asinine.

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  • adamsfamily says:

    Your point is valid – and in those professions you cited, the conflict of interest is often influenced by a wider outcome, often affecting unconnected 3rd parties who share in the results.

    If you like take exception to my opinion, but in context with the article, we are discussing professional fighters who’s job description is to sign fight agreements with opponents.

    If Jacksons camp lives and dies by a ‘dont fight your brother’ policy, then bully for them. Its ultimately flawed though hence the situation at hand.

    My observation was that the fight game and the mma industry we all follow is not condusive to such sensitivity. Did Bones shit on his training partner and friend by taking a title shot? I’m not really bothered with the supposed drama of that.
    But the Fact is he royally stuffed the The then champ (and I think shogun is great) but he has backed it all up since then. And the champ should always be good enough to beat anyone, no matter who they are.

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  • elsicilian says:

    The AKA guys don’t fight each other. The Cesar Gracie guys don’t fight each other. Lots of guys on many different teams since the earliest days of the sport have avoided fighting their close friends and training partners, so it actually seems like the MMA industry IS pretty conducive to “such sensitivity.”

    The bottom line is that fighters have the right to accept or refuse individual fights for a whole host of reasons (from financial to professional to personal), and not wanting to square off with close friends is a perfectly respectable one that’s shared by many if not most professional fighters. Obviously it’s not ideal for the fans (who for the most part don’t really give a crap about the fighters as people), and it’s inconvenient for the promoters (who just want to make money selling the best fights), but it’s considered a point of honor among many professional fighters, and accordingly it’s pretty much the exact opposite of unprofessionalism. Deal with it.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Its not unprofessional to fight a friend. I can understand it but it is not unprofessional. What the problem is is that Tito refused to fight Chuck for that reason. So if a valid challenger wants a shot at the title its OK for the champ to say “nahhh we trained together and he is my buddy, so I refuse to fight him”? No I dont think so. You are a professional athlete and every time you train with a fighter you should accept that you may eventually fight them. Otherwise fighters may become friends with all the threats in their division.
    They enter the sport knowing its a possibility so suck it up and do it. I dont ecpect them to try and fight their best friends but this BS that “we trained together” is rubbish. Whats the definition of friend? Is it if they grew up together, if they went to their wedding, if they stayed at their house in Brazil, if they had beer together or perhaps if they just dont want to fight them?

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    MCM

    “Its something I would totally entertain”

    -Jones on fighting Jr.

    & MCM last I checked it was Jones that was champ and Rashad who was challenging. Jones said he would face Rashad if he was champ and now Rashad is fighting Jones who is the champ. I cant recall Jones saying either was uncool. Rashad is the one kicking up the fuss.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Tito refused to fight Chuck because he was holding out for money. Even Chuck said “we weren’t good friends – Tito is talking bullshit”.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    “However, Ortiz, based on what he deemed to be a friendship between he and Liddell, refused to fight the Iceman”

    -Profile of Chuck Liddel, from about.com

    My point exactly LF. Tito used his “friendship” to avoid Chuck and then after the fight was unavoidable to ask for more money. Are you stalking me LF.

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  • MCM says:

    “Jones said he would face Rashad if he was champ…..” LOGIC

    And that’s the problem and the root cause for all the fuss.

    As for the whole friends fighting debate, I think it’s damn right ridiculous for fighters to refuse to fight friends. Being professional is being professional. It’s just business, go be friends after wards like everyone else has. (Nelson/Mir, BJ/Diaz, etc, etc, etc,)
    Teammates? Well, that’s different. Teammates help you train for fights. They prepare you, spare with you, help you cut weight, work with you though all the tough, grueling, heart breaking struggles in the gym. Then there are the coaches. The coaches who must figure out strategy, focus on proper training regiments, making sure each fighter peaks at the right time and come to the cage at their absolute best. How are teammates and coaches supposed to properly do their jobs when they have fighters fighting against each other?
    I think that if teammates wish to fight each other and it’s feasible at their camps, (GSP/Comdit) fine. But it’s asking too much for us, as fans, to expect teammates to fight simply do to somewhat “imaginary” rankings.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Tito used his “friendship” to avoid Chuck and then after the fight was unavoidable to ask for more money.

    I’m using it as a bad example of “friends will fight friends” because I don’t think they were anything more than training partners at one point in time. Vast difference.

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  • elsicilian says:

    Just to clarify, I am saying that if *both* guys value their personal relationship over an MMA fight, and are prepared to accept the consequences, then it’s not our prerogative as fans (or Dana White’s as a promoter) to insist that they fight each other. That’s their business, not yours, and there is nothing unethical or unprofessional about it.

    But as we’ve seen with both Tito/Liddell and Rashad/Jones, when one guy wants to fight and the other doesn’t, they will quickly go from friends to enemies, and the fight will happen usually with a whole new level of intensity and antagonism. And who among us doesn’t like that?

    The fact is the deep personal relationships that form between MMA fighters is occasionally inconvenient when guys refuse to fight each other, but it just as often creates superfights when former allies go after each other with hitherto unknown levels of bitterness and personal animosity (it’s the same type of drama that the WWE tries to manufacture with the face/heel cycles, but like so many things in MMA it’s so much better because it’s actually real and genuine).

    I know some of you guys prefer to think of MMA as a joyless exercise in technical combat, but that’s not why it’s the fastest growing sport on the face of the earth. The dramatic aspects of the sport are a big part of its burgeoning mainstream appeal, and the fighters’ relationships are a big part of that. So you won’t ever get to see Diaz/Shields, or Koscheck/Fitch, or Silva/Machida … unless you do, and then it will be the biggest fight of the year. Can you think of any other circumstance in which you might *look forward* to a Jon Fitch fight? Case in point.

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