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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.

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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.

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Nate Diaz will be in Baltimore for UFC 172, hosting an after-party with Royce Gracie this evening.

This means Diaz and UFC president Dana White could arrange either a formal or informal meeting to square away their differences. The two sides have not been seeing eye-to-eye as of late, with Diaz wanting a new contract and White telling him to “just fight.”

Either way, if you are in the Baltimore area for the card, you might want to check out this hangout with Diaz and Gracie.

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Jon Jones had a good laugh when he heard Chuck Liddell feels, if they met in their primes, “The Iceman” would defeat “Bones.”

Jones, who meets Glover Teixeira tonight at UFC 172, also would not hesitate for a second to welcome the UFC Hall of Famer back to the Octagon.

“I know he’s supporting his guy,” said Jones, during an interview on UFC Tonight. “Liddell has said he’d beat me in the past. But, come on, Chuck. Knock it off. I respect you.

“If Chuck wants to come out of retirement, I’d welcome him in a super-fight.”

Liddell (21-8) lost his last three fights, all via knockout, before retiring in 2010. He was finished by Rich Franklin, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans.

Jones (19-1) has successfully defended the belt Liddell held from 2005-07 six times, setting a new record.

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans remains the only man to defeat Phil Davis.

Evans, though, believes he will have company after UFC 172 Saturday night. Davis takes on Anthony Johnson in the co-main event of the show from Baltimore.

“AJ is going to be too strong and he hits like hard, hard,” said Evans, during an interview with MMAMania.com. “I think he is going to knock Phil out.”

Evans earned a decision over Davis in 2012, but is currently sidelined after suffering a severe knee injury. He was forced to pull out of a planned fight with Daniel Cormier earlier this year, but was with Johnson during weigh-ins on Friday and will be in his corner for the fight.

“AJ is going to be tough,” he said. “AJ is going to be up there. I think AJ is going to be one of the best guys in the division.

“I think he is going to smash Phil Davis. I believe he is going to smash him.”

Johnson is making his return to the UFC after being cut following a loss to Vitor Belfort and a third failed weigh-in. He made 205 pounds on the nose for this fight.

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