Jon Jones blasted a reporter for quizzing him over his recent drug test controversy ahead of his UFC 232 return against Alexander Gustafsson this weekend.
After abnormalities were found in a test submitted by the former light heavyweight champion, Jones was refused a licence to fight by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
It meant Dana White and the UFC had to take the extraordinary decision of moving the entire pay-per-view show from Nevada to California on six days’ notice to ensure the event would go ahead as planned.
At Thursday’s pre-fight press conference, Jones took offence to questioning from Swedish journalist Izabelle Kostic for asking him about his chequered history with drugs.
Kostic asked: “How come this is the third time we’re actually taking focus from the fighters and the fight and talking about what you have in your body — whether it’s a picogram (or not) — why have you tested positive?”
To which Jones replied in a nonchalant manner: “Next question, thank you.”
After the question was put to UFC boss White, who claimed not to have heard, Jones immediately picked back up the microphone to continue.
“Sit down,” Jones said. “Take the mic from her, better questions, better journalism. Is there a real journalist? Better journalism, you suck … who are you, where did you come from?”
It will do little to improve the reputation of the fighter, who has already failed three drug tests in the past.
His opponent Gustafsson, who came close to beating Jones back in 2013, vowed to punish the American.
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“Whatever this guy is saying, it’s just (nonsense),” the Swede said.
“He’s just terrible. This guy is terrible. I’m here to fight. I’m flexible. It’s all good, but we have friends, family coming into town, having plans.
“They have their budgets. They have to reschedule, re-plan everything, whatever.
“Whatever this guy is saying, you can’t take it serious. He’s just terrible, and he will eat it on Saturday night, I’m telling you.”