UFC champ Jon 'Bones' Jones tells TMZ Sports ... he wasn't TRYING to duck Georges St-Pierre at a post-Super Bowl party in NYC last weekend ... it just seemed that way.
We shot the footage of the awkward encounter Sunday night when it appeared Jones was trying to get into the party without St-Pierre noticing -- when GSP noticed, hilarity ensued.
But Tuesday in D.C., Jones says he wasn't trying to diss his old friend -- and he has a perfectly good explanation.
In fact, Jones says the two have a long history of partying together.
Jones tries to blame us for stirring things up -- but hey, we just call 'em like we see 'em.