Former UFC 205-pound overlord Jon Jones had a few choice words for Tito Ortiz after the recently retired MMA fighter stepped on Jones’ legacy like some stepped on shit. “Bones” responded in kind – a verbal one-hitter-quitter – deriding his grappling chops or lack thereof, and insinuating he’d make Ortiz look like a jiu-jitsu white belt.
The whole brouhaha began whilst Ortiz, 42, was speaking to Fight Hype prior to his main event clash with Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170. Ortiz, a former UFC light heavyweight titleholder himself (five successful title defenses) made some disparaging remarks towards the 29-year-olds legacy.
“He says he is the greatest, he was never the greatest. He’s never done anything. He says he calls himself legend. What kind of legendary stuff has he ever done? Nothing.”
Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC), who owns the record for most successful title defenses in UFC light heavyweight history (eight) waited for the dust to settle, viz. affording Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 15-11-1 UFC, 3-1 Bellator) the luxury of revelling in his swan song – a first-round submission victory over arch-rival, and inveterate motormouth Chael Sonnen.
Jones ain’t one to let sleeping dogs lie, and you knew there was gonna be some get back for sure, which he got – awakening the old dog with a swift oblique kick (via his Twitter account), and it damn sure must’ve hurt.
“I guarantee he would bow down if given the opportunity to face me. That man better enjoy his JV victory and stay in his lane, I’d make him look like a white belt.”
At Bellator 170, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” hung up his 4 oz mitts (hopefully forever), thus ending his storied career as both a legend and pioneer of the sport. Not to mention, leaving on his own terms – faculties intact and all.
In November of 2016, Jones was handed a one-year suspension due to this USADA violation, and is set to make his long-awaited Octagon return in July of this year.