Jon Jones criticizes Jake Hager for refusing a grappling match: “You had the chance of your life”.
The former light heavyweight hub tweeted the following:
“You can’t be happy to turn down a grappling match with the goat. You had the opportunity of your life, now you do interviews about what you would have done.
It had previously been rumored that Jon Jones and Jake Hager would be competing this month, with ‘Bones’ sharing the following on Twitter:
“Breaking News !! I am delighted to announce that I will be competing for the world’s number one grappling organization, Fury Grappling! December 9. I will be in New Jersey competing against WWE Superstar and Weight undefeated heavyweight of the Bellator, Jack Swagger.
Obviously that match didn’t take place, but Hager recently commented on an “AEW Unrestricted” podcast that the fight could be postponed to January 9 and explained why it didn’t take place on December 9, saying :
” Yes you are [Jon Jones] greatest ever, but you’re not gonna shoot me down. I was very excited about it. It looked like it was going to come down. He took the plunge from the start of the tweet before we had any details. As far as I know, it’s still going on, maybe Jan 9 now. We will see.”
That being said, there has been no confirmation that a fight will take place on January 9 between Jones and Hager.
Jon Jones (26-1 MMA) commented on ‘ESPN MMA‘:
“I am 255 years old [pounds] at present. I would like to get to 270 and reduce to 265. I just don’t want to feel smaller than any of the other guys. [in the heavyweight division]. I want to be more conditioned, more skillful, and just as strong, if not the strongest guy. “
Hager (3-0 MMA) has competed four times in mixed martial arts, all four fights falling under the Bellator MMA banner. In his most recent effort at the Bellator 250, Hager claimed a split decision victory over Brandon Calton.
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