We all have days when stress and pressure drop our patience level to the ground; for MMA fighters, it’s the entire week before the match.
Despite the drama going around Jon Jones’ alleged steroid use, he still managed to destroy
— UFC (@ufc) December 30, 2018
Picogram or Pictogram
Before the light heavyweight belt found its way back to Jones’ waist, he and his rival went through one of MMA fighters’ most toxic moments: fight week. Doing open workouts, presscons and weight cut all at once probably led Jones to shame a journalist for asking him about ‘pictogram.’
In a pre-fight press conference for UFC 232, Jones lit up Izabelle Kostic of Swedish MMA outlet Kimura.se. Whether it’s due to getting stressed out by the media about allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs or the pressure from Gustafsson, Bones’ act is simply impolite.
The female reporter questioned the 31-year-old’s recurring positive drug test saying:
“How come this is the third time we’re actually taking focus from the fighters and the fights and talking about what you have in your body? Whether it’s a picogram or a pictogram, why have you tested now positive?”
The light heavyweight champ then brushed the query off and said: “next question” with a smile. Kostic then directed a similar question to Dana White, comparing Jones’ suspension to the two-year sentences Frank Mir and Tom Lawlor suffered but the UFC boss couldn’t hear it clearly.
In a more disrespectful act, Jones urged the crowd to boo her, then told her to sit down. When Kostic said she’s already seated, the titleholder said the mic should be taken away from her, exclaiming “better journalism” multiple times.
However, Jones was able to recognise his wrong and recently came out with an apology. In an interview with MMA Junkie, the UFC champion begged for Kostic’s forgiveness and admitted his mistake.
“Sister here with the camera, I was extremely disrespectful to you and I’m sincerely sorry. I was ready to fight and I felt maybe a little of an attack, and I was not in the mood to lose. I was just not in the mood to lose, not even a verbal argument. I’m so sorry for disrespecting you.”
Jones and Gustafsson came to a heated argument before the question and the winning fighter is apparently too hyped to win the argument that he was able to bring the fire up to the journalist. Fortunately, Kostic accepted the apology and thanked Jones for stepping up.
Taking it to Twitter, she wrote: “I appreciated @jonbones apology tonight. Chose to be the bigger man. Congrats champ.”
I appreciated @jonbones apology tonight. Chose to be the bigger man. Congrats champ.
— Izabelle Kostic (@ezflonko) December 30, 2018
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