Chi Lewis-Parry would love to get his hands on Jon Jones: 'If he kickboxed with me, he'd die'
Lewis-Parry, who served as one of Daniel Cormier’s training partners in preparation for a championship fight vs. Jones, has had several run-ins with the current UFC light heavyweight champion.
Their most recent encounter was in May during the BodyPower UK 2019 event, where Lewis-Parry had to be held back by security as he approached Jones. Speaking to Submission Radio, Lewis-Parry explained that he approached Jones intentionally after finding out he was at the same place.
“One thing I want to make clear: I didn’t have a run-in with him at the BodyPower Expo; I went to look for him,” Lewis-Parry said. “So, it wasn’t like we just happened to cross paths. I was there doing something for one of my sponsors, and someone said, ‘Oh, did you know Jon’s here?’ And I was like, ‘You know what, the last time I saw you, you tried to run up on me, so now I’m going to return the favor.’ That’s what that was. It wasn’t that I was looking for clout, or I was trying to challenge him or get my name out there. It was none of that.”
Lewis-Parry went on to explain that Jones has been constantly sending him private messages the last couple of years and that their beef has become personal.
“It was personal because the guy had been sending me messages all over the last couple of years, sending me these DM’s in the middle of the night,” Lewis-Parry said. “Dude, honestly, this guy, do you know what? I didn’t even post the stuff that he said because people don’t need to see that. People don’t need to see how disgusting he is. If people can’t see it without me posting Twitter messages and stuff like that, then you deserve to have him as your idol and your champion, because you’re blind.”
Lewis-Parry said Jones would send him long messages, block him, then proceed to unblock him so he can send him some more messages. So, when he found out that Jones was nearby, he wanted to confront him about it.
“It’s so childish,” Lewis-Parry said. “But I just said, ‘Whatever, and when I see you, I’ll talk to you.’ I saw him. I went over there. And I was very mindful of where I was. There was kids around. I was never going to go over there and start swinging punches and that sort of stuff. But you know what, I confronted the guy. I confronted him, and I tickled his beard, and that was that. I win. I win.”
All of this beef stems from a run-in in a parking lot with Jones over four years ago, when Cormier first challenged Jones for the title. Lewis-Parry claims Jones started cussing at him, telling him how he could “(expletive) him up.” That didn’t sit well with Lewis-Parry, who claims that he never said a thing to Jones prior to that.
Lewis-Parry believed it was Cormier’s beef to handle, but after several run-ins with Jones, Lewis-Parry now has a personal problem with Jones. He acknowledges that there’s a massive gap in MMA experience between the two of them but believes he’d take Jones out easily if they stood and traded.
“I like punching, I like kicking, I like kneeing, I’m a striker,” Lewis-Parry said. “Jon has got an ego. This is the thing, he has a massive ego. And he says it himself in every fight. He doesn’t want to take people down if they’re strikers; he wants to beat them at their game. So, if that’s true, and he stood with me, I would destroy him. He could not stand with me. He’s got no power.”
“The Chopper” Lewis-Parry (8-0-2) never has lost a fight and is coming off a brutal 8-second knockout finish at UAE Warriors, claiming their heavyweight championship. The kickboxer turned MMA fighter might still be young in his MMA career but is supremely confident in his stand-up skills.
“I’m not delusional and saying that I’m a better MMA fighter, ’cause I’m not,” Lewis-Parry added. “Definitely not. He can wrestle; he’s a great grappler. If the fight went to the ground, he’d probably have to fight there. That’s just me being honest. It’s not delusional. If he boxed with me, he’d die. If he kickboxed with me, he’d die. So, his ego – and as far as I’m concerned, if he went to take me down, he’s lost. He’d know it himself that he lost. So, if he took me down and worked for three minutes and got an Americana or whatever, he’s lost. He might have won on the official scorecard or whatever, but he has lost the battle, because he couldn’t beat me where I was strong. And that’s just how I see it.
“I could beat him striking 10 times out of 10 all day long. And there’s a lot of people that could. You’ve just gotta pull him into that game. I think that’s the reality.”
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