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Corey Anderson Wasn’t Happy With the UFC’s Preferential Treatment of Jon Jones Before UFC 232

December 31, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Corey Anderson spoke with reporters backstage following his win over Ilir Latifi at UFC 232. Highlights are below per MMAjunkie:

On the his Performance Institute workout being rescheduled due to Jon Jones: “I was scheduled to be in the P.I. from 8 to 9, or something like that. They told us ahead of time, ‘Schedule your time in the P.I. as soon as you can, because it’s first come, first served, like it always is. So I did that. Weeks ahead. But when it’s time for me to go, I get a call from the P.I. saying, ‘Corey, Jon Jones just called and said he want to come in at 8:30, so you’re not allowed in the building.’ What kind of bull(expletive) is that? We’re all UFC fighters, right? ‘Well, you can come in, you can work in the cardio room, but you can’t go upstairs.’ Well I need to work out, I’ve got a fight coming up, too. I’m the type – I do not curse at others, I don’t go off on anybody, I’m pretty cool, calm and collected. But that was the first time in my career I’ve ever went off on a UFC employee. And my wife was very upset with me. But that’s OK – it bothered me that they treated me like that. I did everything that we were supposed to.”

On Jones getting to weigh in first: “Weigh-in, they said, ‘First come, first served. I got down there, I’m on my way to the scale, Jon Jones is coming in the building. Guess what? Who was on the scale first? Jon Jones. How does that work? First come, first served. I don’t like the fact – like I said, we’re all equal. We put on our pants the same. I put my pants on the same way as you, only thing that’s different between me and you is I’m a fighter, you’re a reporter. We’re made the same way. My heart may be a little different, your mind might be smarter. But I don’t like the fact that people put one person on a pedestal.”

On not expecting the UFC to do anything about his complaints: “No matter how much I bitch, no matter how much I moan, no matter what I say, it’s not going to change. Unless I go out there and beat Jon Jones, and I’m that dominant guy, it’s really not going to change. So my opinion really doesn’t matter. But I’m the type, that I‘m going to vocalize what I feel. If I get punished for it, if they cut me, if I happen to get penalized and Dana White’s upset, my manager’s mad, whatever, it is what it is. But I know, at the end of the day, Corey will say what he’s going to say. I’m not going to bite my tongue. I’m not going to speak what somebody wants me to say. Because that’s not how I raised.”