During the UFC 232 pre-fight presser, US fighter Jon Jones shunned Swedish reporter Izabelle Kostic, who asked him why he had tested positive after a drug probe on 9 December, simply responding “Next question, thank you.”
She didn’t leave it like this and immediately confronted UFC president Dana White, demanding an explanation why another UFC athlete Frank Mir was suspended for two years for the same incident in 2017. While the official lingered with an answer, saying he did not quite understand the question, Jones interfered and took the mic, scolding the journalist.
“Sit down. Take the mic from her, better questions, better journalism. Is there a real journalist? Better journalism, you suck… who are you, where did you come from?” he berated the woman until he was interrupted by White trying to do damage control.
While the journalist was reportedly booed by Jones’s fans, many netizens shamed the fighter on social media for his disrespectful behaviour and criticised the UFC.
How dumb do you have to be to not expect drugs to be brought up at a Jon Jones presser?! It would have been like going to Khabib Conor one and not asking about bus — it’s the ONLY question— Iseult Cody (@iseultcody) 28 декабря 2018 г.
Just watched the #UFC232 presser & Im absolutely disgusted at the treatment of the female journalist asking legit questions regarding Jones & his repeated PED offenses. @JonnyBones, @danawhite & the other crazies in attendance should be ashamed for their actions. How very telling— Liv Parker (@Liv_4_MMA) 28 декабря 2018 г.
How @JonnyBones spoke to Izabelle Kostic from @kimurasweden at the #UFC232 presser was disgusting, he’s a joke with zero class. @ufc and @danawhite should be embarrassed they keep standing by this extremely talented but twat of an individual. @arielhelwani thoughts?— Lee Charleton (@LeeCharleton) 27 декабря 2018 г.
All-time worst presser and that is saying something… Jon Jones and Dana White come off even dirtier and slimier than they did before it started… Which is impressive… #UFC232— TheMMATrader (@TheMMATrader) 27 декабря 2018 г.
Some went as far as to comparing the fighter to Donald Trump
Another commentator mocked the Championship’s damage control.
The UFC fighter claimed that the question “shouldn’t have even been brought up” and complained about being “wronged” himself, the Independent reports.
“It’s such a small amount that it has no effect. I think the professionals whether it’s Usada (United States Anti-Doping Agency) or the UFC are realising, ‘Jon is kind of like a guinea pig in this situation.’ I was almost wronged in this situation. Even though (the substance) was in me, I think this is a way of fixing a wrong and making it right again by not cancelling this fight”, he said, pointing out that although “a lot of fans got hurt in this situation, we saved the event”.
“Changing the event instead of cancelling the event is the way of making this right”, he stated.
Ex-champion Jon Jones and former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson are to fight for the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion title in Inglewood, California. It was originally supposed to take place in Nevada, but was moved as Jones’s testing showed “abnormality” — a trace amount of anabolic steroid – and the California State Athletic Commission agreed to grant him a license. It was the same substance, found in his system in 2017, when he was banned for 15 months.