Today, in anticipation of this weekend’s UFC 172 event, the UFC held a conference call to promote the Jones vs. Teixeira pay-per-view.
But that’s not what we’re talking about. Instead we are discussing a Phil Davis vs. Jon Jones verbal beatdown that took place on today’s call.
Phil Davis started out by saying,
“Listen, if that’s what [White] said, that’s what he said — I’m not going to argue with the man, simple as that. But, how I feel about it is, if you want Phil Davis calling and texting your phone everyday telling you I want to fight Jon Jones and beat up whoever the champion is, that’s fine.
“That’s not necessarily Phil. It’s really just a miscommunication. So I’m just going to make sure I’m going to do what I’ve got to do Saturday, then I’ll call out whoever the champion is after Saturday night, simple as that.”
“Jon Jones said I was going to break him apart like a sugar cookie, man, that’s not exactly correct. I promised I was going to break him apart like a sugar cookie. Big difference.”
After that brief rant from Davis, Jones interjected and said, “Yo Phil, that wasn’t very nice, bro when did we become like this?”
Davis picked it back up when the subject shifted to his teammate, Alexander Gustafsson,
“Here’s what happened. Jon Jones came out doing his regular deal and Alex — because Alex and I, we train together and we went over some things to do. I said, listen man, what you really need to do is you need to strong arm him like an American and hit him with a back hand pimp slap. I’m telling you right now, Alexander threw seven different kinds of smoke at this dude, Jon Jones didn’t know up from down when he was fighting Alex. He didn’t know what hit him. He didn’t know why he hit him — why he was hitting so hard.
“I honestly still don’t really understand really how [Alex] lost, but I will say this… Jon Jones came back the last two rounds, fourth and fifth rounds, came back like a champion. Did he do enough to win? Absolutely not.
“The last time you tried to handle somebody in the striking department, Alex hit you so many times in the right eye you almost turned into a pirate. I wouldn’t be so sure you can be better than Glover standing up because let me tell you, he throws heat. What are you going to do?”
The two went back and forth for the majority of today’s teleconference, but Jones made his points with the following:
“I think if anything Phil’s embarrassing himself with all the antics. But it’s what he decided to do today. You know, I’m a champion. I’m a champion, and I fight the top dogs and my whole career has been in the fast lane. I am not going to sit here and belittle myself by entertaining Phil. At first I thought it was funny, but it’s just silly. And I’m fighting Glover, and he’s fighting Anthony Johnson. I really need to stay focused on Glover, and Glover’s a great challenge to me.
“I just think when you talk like that, and you be so goofy, it puts a lot of pressure on you. I mean, what if he goes out there and gets caught with one of those high kicks from Anthony Johnson and gets knocked out? It’s going to be really embarrassing to talk so much trash to me and then get knocked out by Anthony Johnson. So I’m going to keep my mouth shut and stay focused for what I’m here for, and that’s Glover.”