Magnanimous at times, seemingly petty at others, we’re still trying to sort out who UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones really is. Chuck Mindenhall asked that very question prior to Jones’ recent title defense at UFC 172, but no one’s been able to nail down his complex persona. Jones, who was incredibly complimentary of Glover Teixeira following their bout Saturday night, doesn’t seem to share those feelings for UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell and fellow 205 pounder Phil Davis.
A former training partner of Teixeira, Liddell spent much of last week trying to explain a perceived superiority to Jones, going as far as saying he’d be interested in fighting the champion ‘as long as Dana White approved.’ With a caption reading ‘Talking all that trash before the fight.. you mad bro?’ Jones posted an image of a despondent Liddell taken moments after Saturday night’s main event.
As for Davis, Jones posted a short lowlight of ‘Mr. Wonderful’s’ underwhelming upset loss to now No. 5 ranked Anthony Johnson. Davis’ incessant badgering of Jones was on full display fight week, constantly insinuating that the champion would pull a last-minute withdrawal.
Leading up to Apr. 26, our very own even Ariel Helwani pleaded with Jones to ‘go total heel,’ turning his back on the Baltimore fans by entering the arena sporting a jersey of the hated Indianapolis Colts. Jones took the highroad, even chalking up the comments from Liddell and Davis as nothing more than ‘the cost of being the boss.’
Striding both sides of the line, Jones’ struggle to maintain his incorruptible image is becoming uncomfortable, especially when he excels so naturally in the other direction. So Jon, please, come to the dark side.
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TRT. Dan Henderson downplays the impact of going off the treatment ahead of his UFC 173 bout with Daniel Cormier. ‘There are some things out there, but even some natural supplements are banned as well, so it’s a matter of finding something that has everything that’s legal rather than everything but one thing.’
Waiting. Barring a loss at UFC 173, Daniel Cormier says he’ll wait however long it takes to get his title shot. ‘If it took nine months, I’d wait nine months. It’s time for me to fight for the belt.’
Fight Week. The first in a multi-part series chronicling UFC 172 fight week with Jim Miller.
Dana White’s scrum from Monday’s TUF 20 tryouts.
Jones is a Beyonce man.
Jimi Manuwa isn’t too upset about losing to ‘the best in the world’ in Alexander Gustafsson.
Someone compiled a highlight of great Nick Diaz moments, including Karate chopping a watermelon and punching a fan.
Scary head kick KO.
Thank you guys for the support!! I’ll be back as soon as I’m all healed up. Learned a lot about myself… http://t.co/pNWyvlU3kU
Obrigado Deus Por Tudo http://t.co/dPCzXYkD1T
— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) April 28, 2014
Go back to your shanties, people.
Was in twitter earlier and saw so called fans of Phil bashing him saying “You let me down” imo that’s wrong and… http://t.co/efGf1hEZ9J
— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) April 28, 2014
@FataL_Tito fuck that shit!!! I’m straight up about that, Tito would kill me in a grappling/MMA fight. I will Box Tito and win EASILY.
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 28, 2014
Woodley, the bully.
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) April 28, 2014
Optimus Damn Prime.
— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) April 28, 2014
The real GoPro.
Run on the beach while being followed by a camera on a helicopter. Pretty cool ! http://t.co/yM7ewPkWre
Return of the dummy.
Announced yesterday (Apr. 28 2014)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via Graham Douglas.
Here is what I don’t like. I don’t like see match like Werdum had, only to find out that his opponent had a cracked/broken rib in the first round. What I don’t like is that in round 1, Glover suffered some type of shoulder injury. Both tarnish the victories in a small or big way depending on your perspective. Wins for sure, but worthy of calling performances of a lifetime?
I simply want to know. Fans should know, Dana should know and the media should know. It shouldn’t be some secret. If it’s kept secret, then talking heads end up sounding like idiots afterwards. Heaping on praise when perhaps it’s overstated. If you beat the crap out of a one armed opponent, is that a greatest performance of all time?
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