During a recent interview with MMAFighting.com, UFC light heavyweight contender Phil Davis stated that he thinks Jon Jones wants the ‘softer side’ of the UFC’s light heavyweight division.
“He wants more of the softer side of the division. Most people would rematch (vs. Gustafsson). But he said, forget about that, forget about you. I find that interesting. Very interesting.”
Mr. Wonderful also commented on JBJ’s next opponent Glover Teixeira:
“Glover’s a big, scary guy. And he swings hard, and that doesn’t make for happy afternoons. So, that’s a tough fight for him. He’s not ready for it.”
Davis holds wins over some of the best fighters at 205lbs including Alexander Gustafsson, Lyoto Machida and ‘Little Nog,’ but still a shot at the title has eluded him.
“I mean listen, it can be any combination of title things that get you a title shot. Apparently fighting Roy Nelson and then fighting Pat Cummins gets you a title shot. Maybe beating no one in the top 10 like Glover did gets you a title shot. There’s no rhyme or reason to getting a title shot. So, beating the number one contender does not get you a title shot. At this point, I don’t really care, I think I’m in the best in the world so I’ll just keep fighting whoever they put in the cage.”
As for his next opponent, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, it wasn’t the fight Davis was looking for, but he will take it at this point.
“He’s not the guy I wanted, but pretty much everyone else was booked, so it wasn’t a huge surprise, but it was like, I’ll take it at this point.”
Phil Davis (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) will square off with Anthony Johnson (16-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC 172. The event takes place April 26 live from Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
The UFC 172 pay-per-view event is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and top contender Glover Teixeira. The preliminary bouts are set to take place on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.