UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones doesn’t gloat that much when it comes to his fellow fighters. But after seeing what transpired in the UFC 172 co-main event, “Bones” laughed last.
Phil Davis took it on himself all week leading up to the card to push Jones and try to “poke the bear.” Anthony Johnson, though, didn’t get the message that he was suppose to be a stepping stone, defeating Davis by decision.
“Phil Davis isn’t happy,” said Jones, who sang the Pharrell Williams hit “Happy” with Tim Kennedy during the post-fight press conference.
Jones proceeded to high-five Johnson across the podium before rehashing how he told Davis to stay focused heading into his own fight.
“I heard you had some good uppercuts,” Jones said, talking to Johnson. “Nice. Congratulations. Phil was talking all that greasiness and now he’s somewhere pouting.”
Davis was not at the post-fight press conference and offered just a simple message on his Twitter account, telling fan he was “Sorry” and thankful for the support.
Isaac Vallie-Flagg had a war with Takanori Gomi Saturday night at UFC 172, and his face continues to prove just that.
Vallie-Flagg and Gomi were named the “Fight of the Night,” as both men picked up additional checks for their efforts.
“I go out on my shield every time, sorry I came up short,” he wrote on Twitter. “Also thank you Gomi it was an honor to share a cage with such a great fighter.”
IVF took to Twitter to post a couple of pictures, or selfies as they are called, with both Gomi and the UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Vallie-Flagg and Jones are teammates in New Mexico at Jackson-Winkeljohn gym.
— Ike Vallie-Flagg (@IKEVF) April 27, 2014
— Ike Vallie-Flagg (@IKEVF) April 27, 2014
Glover Teixeira couldn’t find an answer for Jon Jones Saturday night at UFC 172, and left the Octagon battered and bruised.
Teixeira was dealt his first loss since joining the promotion, as “Bones” picked him apart. The Brazilian also cited an injured shoulder suffered early in the fight.
“We were dry and he surprised me with that,” Teixeira said. “I knew Jones was a tough fighter. He is different every time and a great champion.”
Teixeira was trying to land his heavy left hook, and admitted he did “three-or-four times,” but added that Jones just “came back stronger.”
“The guy is tough,” he said. “He take my best shots. I might have a broken rib (and the shoulder injury, possibly a dislocated right shoulder).”
Jones didn’t use his reach, instead, he fought Teixeira from in close. That came as a surprise to the veteran.
“I did my strategy, I tried to push him,” he said. “I hit him with my hooks. He beat me at my best.”
UFC president Dana White admitted that the three bonuses handed out for UFC 172 would not be the extent of his check-giving ways after all the action that went down.
The event drew a sellout to the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, and the crowd was “amazing,” according to the boss.
“It was a great card, with great submissions and great knockouts,” he said. “It was a great night.”
The main event saw Jon Jones successfully defend his light heavyweight title with a clean sweep of the scorecards over Glover Teixeira. The fact that Jones earned his seventh title defense didn’t surprise White as much as the way he did it.
“I expected Glover to take it to him and try to bang, and for Jon to take it to the ground,” White said. “Jon stood with him the whole fight.
“If the (Alexander) Gustafsson fight didn’t prove it, Jon has a chin-and-a-half on him.”
Jones “put on a clinch” he said, adding that he “did whatever he wanted.”
As for when the rematch between Jones and Gustafsson might go down, no time frame has been discussed, but White did seem fine with it possibly going down in Europe. Gustafsson is from Sweden, and he claimed the fight would be “massive” if done overseas.
In the co-main event, Anthony Johnson returned to the UFC and dominated Phil Davis, surprising many. “Rumble” personally thanked White after for taking him back after three failed weigh-ins during his first run.
“He looked good,” White said of Johnson. “I kept expecting him to gas out, but he took his time, picked his punches and stuffed every takedown. He looked good.”
As for what might be next, White mentioned that a possible Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier match could be signed if Cormier defeats Dan Henderson next month.
White also remarked that he was disappointed in Davis, saying, “he just doesn’t seem to have that dog in him, that desire to take the title. Hopefully this setback lights the fire.”
In another main card bout, Luke Rockhold submitted Tim Boetsch in a matter of moments, and did it “without messing up his hair,” White remarked.
Arthur Jones has a Super Bowl ring and a brand-new contract with the Indianapolis Colts. However, that didn’t stop him from returning to Baltimore to help his brother, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, prepare for tonight’s UFC 172 card.
Arthur is the oldest of the brothers – fellow NFL player Chandler Jones is 24 and Jon is 26 – and says he will always be the protector for his younger siblings.
“I always want to protect him,” said Arthur, during an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “It’s one of those things where, when he’s in the cage, I feel like I’m in the cage too.
“It’s nerve-racking. I have teammates that are there with me, but I tell them, ‘Don’t bother me’ (when at Jon’s fights). We’ll talk while everyone else is fighting, but when it comes to the main event, when Jon’s fighting, I have to shut down.
“My adrenaline is pumping like, ‘Here we go.’”
Arthur worked his way from a fifth round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens to a starter on the defensive line. This offseason, he signed a five-year, $30-million contract with the Colts.
Jon has promised something special for his walk to the Octagon to meet Teixeira, and he’ll have both brothers there cheering him on.
“My heart is racing,” Arthur said. “I usually have a tear running down my eye when Jon walks out. My brother is my best friend. It’s just a crazy adrenaline rush, but I love the sport.”
We’ll have complete coverage of UFC 172, including pre- and post-fight news, information and results from the card.