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Is UFC Champ Jon Jones Scared to Get Back in the Octagon? Phil Davis Thinks So.


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Will UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones be the next belt-holder to fall? Contender Phil Davis doesn't think so...

 

...because he doesn't think Jones will even show up for his next fight.

 

Jones is undefeated in his last 10 bouts, has defended the title six times, and is set to fight Glover Teixeira on April 26 at UFC 172 in Baltimore. However, Davis told MMAJunkie Radio he thinks "Bones" is too scared to step back in the cage.

 

"I'm just going to tell you the short version," he said. "Alexander Gustafsson put tips all over that boy. [Jones] doesn't know up from down, left from right. So I really don't see him wanting to get back in there with anybody -- definitely not Alexander. I don't even think he wants to get back in there with Glover Teixeira -- bless his little heart.

 

"But look, I like [Teixeira]. He's a cool cat, but this is what we do. I'm sure he doesn't care. He's willing to mix it up with anybody, too."

 

Jones' fight with Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September 2013 is widely regarded as one of the best fights in recent memory -- if not of all time. The two combatants went toe-to-toe for five rounds before "Bones" edged out a razor-thin victory that had many fans clamoring for an immediate rematch.

 

Afterward, it was clear Gustafsson had taken Jones to the limit, maybe even beaten the champ (depending on who you ask).

 

Jones was then matched up with Teixeira at UFC 169. But the fight was postponed. Then postponed again. Then postponed a third time, moving from UFC 169 to UFC 170 to UFC 171, before finally locking in at UFC 172.

 

And if you ask Davis, he thinks it's because Jones (19-1-0, nine KO/TKOs) is scared.

 

Should he be?

 

Teixeira is 22-2-0 with 13 KO/TKOs and six submissions. He hasn't lost since 2005 and is coming off wins over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, James Te Huna and Ryan Bader. The 34-year-old Brazilian is versatile, heavy-handed and feared.

 

In 2012, UFC President Dana White even noted that former champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua had rejected a fight with Teixeira.

 

"[Rua] said that he'd actually rather be cut than have to fight him," White said. "Dude, nobody wants to fight this guy."

 

However, "this guy" is up next for Jones. If Gustafsson did shake the champ's confidence as Davis believes, he could be in trouble.

 

If Jones pulls out of the fight, "Mr. Wonderful" is ready to fight Teixeira, he said -- if it comes to that.

 

"I don't wish [Jones] harm or wish he's injured," said the currently opponent-less Davis, clearly posturing for a high-profile matchup. "I just have this sneaky suspicion."

 

Until then, "Bones" remains one of the most dangerous fighters in mixed martial arts, complete with unique physical tools (6-foot-4-inch frame and 84.5-inch reach) and a highly successful coaching staff (Jackson's MMA).

 

Gustafsson did a number on Jones at UFC 165, but we've yet to see how he'll respond inside the Octagon.

 

"Bones" has continually risen to the challenges in front of him, Gustafsson among them. Next is Teixeira.

 

Come UFC 172, we'll see just how much damage "The Mauler" truly inflicted on the champ.

 

-Paul Putignano

 

Here's the link http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ufc-champ-jon-jones-scared-back-octagon-phil-194400526--mma.html

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2013 was crazy. Jones practically lost his belt, Anderson lost the belt, GSP lost the belt, Benson lost the belt, Cruz lost the belt, JDS got dominated twice, Mighty Mouse knocked someone out.... Dam what a year.

 

Yea maybe Jones is a little shook.

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Phil got a lucky D over Machida.

 

Yeah, you have to be a pretty good fighter to do a thing like that. If I managed to win a lucky decision over Machida, I would consider that one of my life's biggest achievements.

 

There was no luck involved, Davis was the better fighter that night.

 

I wasn't agreeing that there was luck involved, I was only pointing how flawed the logic is; discounting Phil's credibility as a fighter based on that example.

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Phil got a lucky D over Machida.

 

Yeah, you have to be a pretty good fighter to do a thing like that. If I managed to win a lucky decision over Machida, I would consider that one of my life's biggest achievements.

 

There was no luck involved, Davis was the better fighter that night.

 

I wasn't agreeing that there was luck involved, I was only pointing how flawed the logic is; discounting Phil's credibility as a fighter based on that example.

 

I know you weren't, I was just adding my opinion to the subject.

 

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It's nice you were able to find a picture of the one standing punch Davis landed in that fight.

 

It was obvious this wasn't going to be the most exciting fight ever, but I'll take Lyoto's hit and run over Phil's lay and pray.

 

It's too bad not everyone can be as gifted at both like the Bob, Weave, and Hump Master himself, Clay Guida.

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I don't think he's scared. He's a fighter. But I will say someone who has been very dominant and not getting hit too much in his fights has a fight were he gets the crap beat out of him even though he won, I wouldn't be surprised if that messed with his head a little bit. He's human. I do not like Jones AT ALL but he's an amazing fighter but Gus gave him his toughest fight yet and he may have doubts in his mind now.

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I don't think he's scared. He's a fighter. But I will say someone who has been very dominant and not getting hit too much in his fights has a fight were he gets the crap beat out of him even though he won, I wouldn't be surprised if that messed with his head a little bit. He's human. I do not like Jones AT ALL but he's an amazing fighter but Gus gave him his toughest fight yet and he may have doubts in his mind now.

 

I think you might be splitting hairs on this. That's fine. But, if you say you don't agree that he's scared, but you also say that you "wouldn't be surpised if that messed with his head" or that "he may have doubts in his mind," it kinda' means that you agree.

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I think now he knows he's not light years ahead of everyone else and that he has to take every fight seriously,that fight with Gus will make him better.Maybe it will teach him not to read too much into the hype.His preperation before fights is already very good, but this near loss will have him going OCD on every opponent.That was the 1st fight he eaked out the win using his heart, a\ll the others he simply outclassed,against Gus he showed us his will to win, I'm not really a JJ fan , but I respect the ma\n a lot more after that fight.He's not scared of any man ,but his worst nightma\re would be losing to anyone, He's just that obsessed with being great.He seriously was blown away that the fight was that close,he's use to bowing guys out easilly , with little resistance.He passed the test though , the man has some heart,I might not be a fan of John Jones ( I FIND HIM FAKE AND ARROGANT)but I respect the fire in his heart, his will to win

 

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Is there any source that says that Jones vs Glover has been canceled on JONES BEHALF ?

 

Excuse me my ignorance but what was the real reason why Jones/Glover have been postponed like twice already ?

 

I dont think Jones is scared of anyone but UFC is scared that someone (or some guys) goes there and beats him badly, if you know what Im saying !

 

For instance, I still think that UFC is doing a "great" job on keeping DC and Gus away from Jones. DC has his handsfull with Evans (DC gotta beat not only Evans but also the scale) and this whole thing of Gus fighting Manuwa is simply pathetic to me.

 

No matter how you look at, Gus should be fighting ANYONE but not Manuawa who, in my honest opinion, has the style/tools to beat beat Gus.

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Is there any source that says that Jones vs Glover has been canceled on JONES BEHALF ?

 

Excuse me my ignorance but what was the real reason why Jones/Glover have been postponed like twice already ?

 

I dont think Jones is scared of anyone but UFC is scared that someone (or some guys) goes there and beats him badly, if you know what Im saying !

 

For instance, I still think that UFC is doing a "great" job on keeping DC and Gus away from Jones. DC has his handsfull with Evans (DC gotta beat not only Evans but also the scale) and this whole thing of Gus fighting Manuwa is simply pathetic to me.

 

No matter how you look at, Gus should be fighting ANYONE but not Manuawa who, in my honest opinion, has the style/tools to beat beat Gus.

 

I don't think there's a lot of validity to the UFC keeping DC or Gus away from Jones. Jones's last fight was with Gus. And DC only just moved down to Light Heavyweight; his first and only fight in this weight class hasn't even transpired, yet. It's not like these guys fight every weekend.

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I'm a fan of Davis.. and don't like Jones much..

 

But Jones beat Gustafson and Davis is being dumb.

 

Teixeira defeated rampage and bader.. cool.. why would he be scared he finished both guys. Teixeira has fought mostly cans his whole career so his record is meaningless. He has a puncher's chance.

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Phil Davis, teammate of Alexander Gustaffson, thinks Jones is scared to fight..

 

..how surprising.

 

Yeah lets stick to facts... Bones likes to get minors drunk so he can take advantage of them. O yeah and he likes really expensive cars and driving drunk.

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While "scared" is a bit of an overstatement, I'm sure the beating he endured at the hands of Gustafsson had him and his camp reevaluating a few things. Jon Jones had a submission scare against Vitor and got tagged by Lyoto Machida, but he'd never been beaten up like that in a fight before. I don't think he's scared to get back into the cage - he just needed some time to reground himself after he barely kept his title against a guy a lot of folks thought he'd beat as easily as he did the previous challengers. Basically, I agree with UFC_KO.

 

Besides, Jones had been fighting a pretty regular schedule and also wanted some time off. His fiancee had another kid not too long ago and he probably wanted some free time to get drunk and molest underage white girls.

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