You know you were in a helluva fight when people are still worried for your health on Tuesday. The way Jones limped out of the cage Saturday night, there was some serious concerns that the champ might be so fucked up he may not even be ready for the totally hypothetical Superbowl rematch in February we’ve all decided is happening. Let’s get clarification on that from Dana White:
We’re gonna figure that out on Wednesday. [Jones] is good. I talked to him yesterday. He’s good, he’s home. His foot’s okay. There was some talk about him having a hairline fracture in his foot. Dr Malki [Jones' agent] said that apparently [laughs]. [Reporter asks about a report that the foot was 'shattered'] That’s not true. That problably came from Dr Malki as well. I spoke to Dr Malki on Sunday and he sid he fractured his foot but all the doctors and they said that wasn’t true.
I talked to Jon last night. I mean, he’s fine. He’s feeling like he was in a five round war. The thing I love about Jon Jones and his evolution and him becoming this champion that he’s becoming. When I talked to him last night normally I don’t care who you are, if you’re in a war like those guys were in a war on Saturday night, like ‘Fuckin leave me alone for a couple of weeks, I don’t even want to hear the word fight.’ And I talked to Jones last night and he was just like “I love that fight. I love that fight. I learned so much in that fight last night” He couldn’t say enough good things about the fight and how fun it was. It’s not what I expected to hear right after the fight.
That’s a positive sign! The unspoken comparison here is between Shitty Champion Jon Jones who pulled the plug on UFC 151 and this new Jones who seems game for an immediate rematch. A guy who is ready and willing to take the fight fans obviously want to see next rather than insist on fighting Teixeira for vague artistic reasons. A champion that isn’t content with a close decision. A champion that wants to go out and smack Gustafsson down decisively next time. Dana White may just be weaving a little narrative here, but I dig it. Sign me up for this Storytime Express where the top fighters are eager to face off and the words “I don’t believe X has done enough to deserve Y” are never uttered in public again.