Amid controversies and accusations, Jon “Bones” Jones, 31, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States became the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion on December 29, 2018. He redeemed the title he previously held by knocking out Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson of Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden in their rematch at “UFC 232.”
Featuring 13 mixed martial arts bouts, “UFC 232” took place at The Forum in Inglewood, California, United States. While Jones was very happy for his successful comeback, he was torn when it comes to the result of the “UFC 232” co-main event.
While reigning as the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Amanda “Lioness” Nunes of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil became the new UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion by dethroning Cristiane “Cris Cyborg” Justino of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. Jones was happy for Nunes but he felt bad for Justino so after all the bouts, he and the dethroned champion had a conversation.
“I told her that I’m honored to stand by her because of her clarity in such a hectic situation,” Jones shared. “She said, her quote was, ‘I don’t know why God did this but I know He has a plan for all of our lives.’ Whether you believe it or not, I do believe He has a plan for all of our lives and the fact that she wasn’t discouraged or dismayed by this, it showed me that strength and what it is.”
“She understands that it was in God’s plan for her to lose tonight and she was a woman enough to stand with pride in who she is and not feel like a failure,” Jones said of Justino. “She will know why this happened eventually and she will come back stronger than ever. My advice is for her to keep her head high and know that God has a plan for her.”
During the post-fight press conference, Jones was asked who among the light heavyweight fighters of the UFC he wanted to call out as his next challenger. He responded, “I don’t wanna flatter any of these guys by calling them out.”
“Tonight, it’s been a great night for me,” the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion continued. “(This belt is) hard-earned. I don’t want headlines to be tomorrow, ‘Jon Jones called out this guy or that guy.’ They are all just pieces of this puzzle and whoever it be, despite the name, I’ll be ready for more victory.”
Here is the complete “UFC 232″post-fight press conference: