Corey Anderson apologises to Jon Jones for religious remarks
After some reflecting, it seems like Corey Anderson has decided to bury the hatchet with Jon Jones… at least in regards to the comments the former made about religious belief. The two rivals have gone back and forth, taking verbal jabs at each other for a long time. Both are also outspoken Christians, who take their religious faith seriously.
Earlier this year Anderson claimed that Jones’ religious talk was fake and that his controversial actions directly contradict the Christian way of life.
“A lot of his Bible shit is fake to me,” Anderson told TMZ a week after UFC 232. “The fact that he keeps quoting these Bible verses, and he’s even got Philippians 4:13, which is one of my favourite verses, tatted on his chest.”
However, perhaps due to time in quarantine, Anderson seems to have had a change of heart. In a lengthy post on Instagram, he made it clear that he regretted attacking Jones’ religious beliefs.
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“(Ever) since the UFC 232 incident, I allowed myself to come out of my character as a believer. And I blame myself for allowing it to happen. So I’d like to make a public apology to Jon Jones for all my previous social media posts and interviews about his religious beliefs and being a Christian,” Corey Anderson wrote. “In this time away from the world, I’ve been able to dig deep into my Bible, pray and ask questions about living my life more and more as a Child of God. And one of the the things I’ve learned is that, as a believer myself, I should have directed my issues pertaining (to) his beliefs DIRECTLY to him and not into the media. As a man, I can admit when I am wrong, and I was/am wrong. As a fighter and a competitor, it’s easy to let the way of the world influence you to do the things the world wants you to do. But as a believer, I AM supposed to live the way the LORD wants me to and walk the way that will shed light on him and his word.”
Anderson most recently faced Polish powerhouse Jan Blachowicz in a rematch at UFC Rio Rancho in February. It didn’t take long before Blachowicz connected with a devastating right hand that dropped Anderson. After some follow-up strikes the bout was over. With that win Blachowicz catapulted himself into title discussion, however the back and forth between him and Jones has been bizarre to say the least.