Bas Rutten is feeling the heat.
The former UFC heavyweight champion was critical of Jon Jones’ recent actions during his light heavyweight title defense vs. Glover Teixeira, citing Jones has being a “dirty” fighter because of the way he let his fingers constantly find the eyes of Teixeira.
Rutten, though, is doing his best to explain what he meant on “Inside MMA,” taking to his Facebook page to release his thoughts.
“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. Just that, listen, I am in Vegas for a while, I tried to look at the fight on FightPass but apparently FightPass doesn’t work in “this region”? I have no clue why but that’s what it says. So I can’t check if he looked down when he was doing this, that is the ONLY way to make it NOT illegal. That’s it, and I will NOT respond to any idiot comments. When somebody can send me a clip of that exact moment, I can comment on that of course because that will reveal if it was on purpose or not. Party on, and lighten up.”
What do you think? Is Rutten in the right? Or are you a backer of “Bones?”