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We’re already on record with our belief that Twitter is great for us media types and not so great for the MMA fighters who think they are using it to establish a personal “brand” but are really just broadcasting the worst parts of themselves to the public on a regular basis. We also already told you that Jon Jones is not only obsessively following upcoming opponent Ryan Bader on Twitter, but he’s also shadowing many of his friends, training partners and followers. You know what we love? We love when two seeminlgy unrelated stories from the past come together to make a new story in the present, like this …
UFC middleweight Aaron Simpson – who is currently training with Bader – sent a fairly innocuous tweet earlier this week essentially saying he thought Bader was ready to go against Jones at UFC 126. Naturally, Jones saw it and he did not appreciate it.
"I don’t think Jon Jones has any idea what he is getting into with Bader,” Simpson wrote. "I hope he is up for it."
Uh-oh. Now, if there’s one thing we know about Jonny Bones, it’s that he doesn’t like it when people write unflattering stuff about him on the internets. Dude has already proven he is not above a Twitter spat and on the rare occasion when someone in the media publishes something negative about him he’ll actually track them down for a face-to-face talk.
So, it was no surprise then that Jones fired back at Simpon post haste …
"Didn’t you lose your last 2 fights?” Jones responded. “Please don’t piss me off, I actually have respect for Ryan. Don’t you have a fight scheduled? Focus on yourself instead of weather (sic!) I’m ready or not? Are you familiar with the strike policy in baseball?"
Plus 1 to Jones for calling out Simpson for being on the chopping block when he fights Mario Miranda on March 26. Minus 20 to the UFC’s fastest rising light heavyweight star for getting baited into another idiotic Twitter war. Not for nothing, it might be time for Jones to get offline for good.