Light heavyweight Phil Davis is scheduled to fight Anthony Johnson this month at UFC 172. Division champ Jon Jones is set to take on Glover Texeira in that event's main event.
Sounds simple, right? Well, not to Phil Davis.
"Mr. Wonderful" recently took a swipe at Jones during an interview with MMA Junkie. According to the former Division I wrestling national champion, there's a chance that Jones will pull out of his fight with Texeira.
“He may not fight at UFC 172,” Davis said wryly.
“It’s not too late for him to back out of this one. It’s happened before.”
Well, not exactly. Jones vs. Teixeira was indeed a difficult fight to put together and finalize a date for, but Jones refuted White's initial claim that he "pulled out" of the original UFC 170 date with Teixeira. "Bones" is also one of the most active top fighters in recent UFC history and, other than wanting to avoid an immediate rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, he hasn't backed down from many, if any, fights.
“I’m ready for a title shot whenever it’s available,” Davis went on.
“If he happens to back out of this fight for whatever reason, I’m willing to take on Glover Teixeira for an interim championship.”
As for Jones, the champ was at his home base in Albuquerque on Wednesday during a media day at Team Jackson/Winkeljohn and acted every bit the part of the above-the-fray top dog in response to Davis' taunts.
“Phil, he has his job to do,” Jones explained.
“His job is to try and get a title shot, and he figures if he can stir up enough controversy and insult me enough that that will get him closer to the title shot ... Maybe it’s working – we’re definitely talking about him more than usual. Good for him. Obviously, I’ll be here. My goal is to be in the No. 1 spot when he gets to me, and everything will take care of itself in time.”
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