As the dust began to settle on UFC 135 last weekend it emerged that actor Steven Seagal had phoned light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the days leading up to his bout with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and requested to be present in his dressing room prior to the fight to offer him some advice.
In a new interview with Jim Rome, Jones give more details about what actually happened and why he turned down Seagal’s request.
First off, despite Seagal stating in a seperate interview that he was “kind of friends” with Jones, the 24 year-old confesses he had no idea how the 80’s action star managed to get a hold of his phone number.
Nevertheless, Jones did end up taking his call and he recalls exactly what was said.
“He said, hey listen, I think you’re gonna win the fight. When I predict someone’s going to win I’m never wrong. I’ve been watching this sport for so many years, I’m never wrong when I make my predictions. There’s things I want to go over with and things like that. It was all very strange.”
Strange indeed, and Jones also admits that he was suspicious of Seagal’s motives for wanting to visit with him, particularly as he is also known to be “friends” with a potential challenger for Jones 205lb title, Lyoto Machida.
That aside, it just didn’t seem like a great idea to Jones to have someone outside of his camp coming in at the last moment and trying to give him advice, and may in fact be, “more detrimental than helpful.”
Therefore he says he told Seagal that, “it was best if he kind of stayed away.”
Though Jones was wise enough to pass on Seagal’s offer there is another action star who he might consider taking some hints and tips from.
“I could see if it was Jet Li…that would be pretty cool,” he chuckles.
Listen to the full excerpt from the interview below.