UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has competed all around the U.S.
However, his home-state – New York – currently does not allow the UFC to host an event there.
So, competing in nearby Toronto feels like a “hometown” fight for “Bones,” who will return to Canada this September to defend his belt against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.
Despite fighting non-Canadians during his previous trips to the country, Jones has still been booed heavily; and he really doesn’t know why.
“I get booed a lot here and I don’t understand it,” he said, during a pre-fight press conference earlier this week. I’ve been fighting guys from Brazil. But, it’s all good as long as people are making noise, I will continue to perform and do my best.”
Jones added that he is “down to fight wherever makes the most sense, but fighting here makes sense. I have a lot of pride fighting in Canada.”
Previously, Jones has defeated by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Vitor Belfort in Toronto. With a win over Gustafsson, he will become the first fighter to defend the UFC 205-pound belt six times.