Despite scoring the fight between Jones and Thiago Santos in favor of Jones, Anderson saw a lot of flaws in Jones’ performance.
“If anybody watched that fight and says that Jon Jones is still the Jon Jones he was back in the early 2000’s or when he won the belt and was doing all the fancy stuff, I would say you watched that fight with your eyes closed,” Anderson told MMA Junkie Radio. “There were so many opening and things that Jon … not only Thiago made obvious but Jon made obvious.”
Anderson continued, “I don’t think Thiago won. He did a lot, he kept it close, but if you count the punches, like I counted in the third round compared to what the UFC put up there for stats, I felt like Jon landed more strikes. Granted, that Jon was on the back foot when Thiago ran forward. So I think it was clear cut. I gave one round to Thiago and the other four to Jon, so I don’t think it was close as everyone says it was.”
Anderson (12-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and Jones have been going back and forth on Twitter as Anderson continues to campaign for a title shot. With the two trading barbs, Anderson said he is just stating facts.
“I don’t go in there talking (expletive). I go in there posting stats and facts,” Anderson said. “If the fans got something to say, if the fighters got something to say, I don’t talk (expletive). I just put the facts out there. If someone talks (expletive), I don’t mind it. I can deal with it. I can deal without it, but I’m going to voice my opinion regardless.”
Jones is targeting a return in December, and Anderson would love nothing more than to be standing across from him. He hasn’t heard anything back but is planning on meeting with UFC brass to figure out his next move.
“I haven’t heard anything,” Anderson said. “I heard they want me to come to Vegas next week and have a meeting with Hunter and Dana and those guys. Other than that I’ve heard nothing about the fight.”
“One hundred percent I’m good to go,” Anderson added. “I’m just waiting for the right opportunity.”
Anderson was offered a fight vs. Alexander Gustafsson in June on the UFC Stockholm card, which he was willing to accept had his pregnant wife not been due so close to the date. Once Anderson was assured that his son was born healthy, he was willing to take the fight, but the UFC had already given it to Anthony Smith, who won by stoppage.
Anderson explained how it all went down.
“In my mind, I’m like I’m not taking anything until I was sure that I had a healthy baby boy and literally not even 12 hours after my son was born, when the sun came up, I texted Dana White and Mick Maynard about it: ‘I want that Gus fight, let’s make it happen, June 1st, my son is healthy, let’s go,’” Anderson said. “My manager was on board, Gus’ team was on board, everyone was on board, then Dana was like, ‘Oh, we’re giving it to Anthony Smith, enjoy your family.’ But they had literally just called me literally on March 8th and asked me to take the fight, and this is March 9th at like 9 o’ clock in the morning.”
Anderson was also offered a fight with Luke Rockhold, which he turned down. Anderson only wanted a title shot or a fight that puts him in a position for one. He didn’t consider Rockhold, an unranked and new addition to the division, a fight that would grant him that.
Anderson is on a three-fight winning streak, with back-to-back wins over Glover Teixeira and Ilir Latifi. All he wants now is a fight that would propel him forward.
“They offered me Rockhold, and yeah they offered me that fight, but I’m at a point where I just beat No. 3 and No. 4 (in the UFC rankings),” Anderson said. “I either want the title fight or one fight that will get me the title fight. I’m not going to keep fighting these fights just to keep fighting like a lot of people do. I don’t want to be a Donald Cerrone and keep fighting. I got a family now. I’m fighting for a reason. I’m fighting for my family, for my legacy. I want to get to that belt and prove that I deserve it, and win, lose or draw I’m going to walk off, shake it off and go back to the drawing board and prepare for the next title defense or prepare to get my way back to the title, but I guess that’s not what they want.”
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