Michael Bisping doesn’t think Jon Jones was all that impressed by a question he fielded to him ahead of his light heavyweight title showdown against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232.
According to the former middleweight champion, “Bones” cursed him out while he was off-air, in the midst of recording a segment for UFC Tonight’s post-fight show.
Discussing the incident on the latest episode of the Believe You Me podcast, “The Count” recalled how a question he posed to the controversial champion ahead of the fight, regarding the abnormalities that were found in his pre-fight drug tests, lead to Jones’ cursing him out.
“I don’t care about asking difficult questions and I asked Jon Jones some questions, which apparently he didn’t like because after the fight…we interviewed him again and when we were on commercial break he was talking f*cking shit,’” said Bisping.
“To whoever the powers may be were at FOX, he [said], ‘Is that motherf*cker Michael Bisping going to be asking questions again, with his f*cking dumb sh*t,’ and all this and I was like, ‘Ohhh yeah.’”
Bisping believes what annoyed Jones was a question he asked him concerning what the protocol would be if he failed a post-fight test.
“Here’s what we never spoke about: he tested positive in August, he tested positive in September and he tested positive in December. Now they’re saying that they are metabolites and they’re saying the presence of Turinabol can stay in his body for a long time. So, if you put that all together, he’s probably going to test positive after fight,” stated Bisping.
“So, I said, ‘Jon, has there been any discussion as to what happens if you test positive after the fight?’ Because I’ll tell you what, if I’m Alexander Gustafsson and you stopped me in the third round, but the motherf*cker tests positive…and I don’t care how many small pinches of salt it is in an Olympic sized swimming pool…I want that overturned to a f*cking no contest because you’ve tested positive after the fact.”
As far as Bisping remembers, Jones sidestepped the question on two occasions.
Bisping said: “He said, ‘Well, you know, I’m just looking forward to this fight, this fight’s going to be great and blah blah blah—he just totally ignored the question. So then I went back at him again, I slightly reworded [the question] and once again he ignored it. You could see he wasn’t happy.”
The retired British middleweight went on to highlight that he had no previous issues with Jones, but felt compelled to ask him the question given his role on the FOX panel.
“I wasn’t trying to be a dick with Jon. I love watching Jon Jones fight; he’s incredible. I’ve been around him enough during my fight career and Jon’s always been cool with me. I’ve always liked the guy, but being in that position that we’re in, we’ve got to ask those f*cking questions.”
Jones’ manager Abe Kawa declined comment.