It's been eleven days since UFC 196 and people are still talking about it. The latest fighter to weight in on the epic loss of Conor McGregor to Nate Diaz? Former light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.
Jones is "glad" McGregor lost. He feels that it'll "humble" the outspoken Irishman.
"A part of me thinks it's a good thing he was humbled. Right before he lost, he was getting into conversations about fighting anybody, anywhere, saying things like I could beat anybody, any weight class they're in."
Fans of the UFC reached out to Jones and asked if he fell into the "anybody" category McGregor was referring to. Jones was very realistic about his answer.
"I was getting fans writing me messages asking 'How would you do against McGregor?' I was like 'C'mon guys, you can't be serious. I'm a 220 lb, 9-time world champion. You really think he'd even be a match?' Some people really believed that he can beat anyone at any weight class."
It was McGregor's arrogance that Jones felt needed to be knocked down a few pegs. When McGregor lost, not only did it knock McGregor's ego down a little, it also made it clear to the fans.
"So I'm glad that it happened. It allowed the fans to have that reality check, that alright, maybe that guy isn't unbeatable -- stuff that us professional fighters knew the whole time."
That wasn't the only reason that Jones was pleased that McGregor lost. He feels this will bring out some positives for the UFC featherweight champ.
"Then another side of me, is glad to see him lose, because I'm positive this is actually going to bring out the best in him. After defeat, you really start closing holes in your game, you start questioning your training to become better."
Don't take any of Jones comments out of context, he's admittedly, a fan of McGregor's.
"As a fan of McGregor, I want to see him have longevity in this sport. Guys like Conor McGregor, they symbolize our sport's future. Conor McGregor is getting fans from all over the world, who tune in and actually don't watch the UFC, they just watch Conor fight. We need guys like Conor McGregor be successful."
Jones finished feeling very wishy-washy about the whole McGregor loss.
"So yeah, I'm a fan of his, but I just have mixed feelings about his loss."