Joe Silva's job is safe, for now. UFC president Dana White doesn't sound like he's looking for advice on who his top contenders should be fighting, especially from UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
After Jones told Ariel Helwani that he'd like to see 205ers face a bit of a tougher gauntlet before getting a crack at his title, White says comments like that make the champ sound a bit uneasy.
"Jon, I love you, you're not a matchmaker," White said. "Fight your fight, he'll fight his fight, and don't worry about it. When you talk like that it makes it sound like you're worried about it."
Jones, who says he'd rather see Alexander Gustafsson face Daniel Cormier, wasn't a fan of the Swede's original booking against Antônio Rogério Nogueira. The fight was quickly nixed after White jumped the gun, announcing it unaware that Nogueira was already shelved with an injury. Even so, Jones smells a conspiracy driving he and Gustafsson towards an inevitable rematch.
"Really? You want [Gustafsson] to have the rematch that bad? No disrespect to Nogueira, but lets see Gustafsson vs. Cormier. It makes so much sense. If me, Cormier, Gustafsson and [Glover] Teixeira are the toughest four guys in the division, lets put us in a little a round robin pool and see who's the toughest of us four. Why throw Lil Nog into the picture?"
Jones was expected to face Teixeira at UFC 169 Feb. 1, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey, but instead will defend the light heavyweight strap sometime next March, according to White.
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I am ready for the middle title shot to get my 3rd belt in a 3rd different division!!! Looking forward to that!!!" pic.twitter.com/LMyq5IIVIR— Vitor Belfort (@vitorbelfort) November 10, 2013
A melhor sensação do mundo! Mas nada disso seria possível sem o apoio dos fãs, dos meus treinadores e patrocinadores pic.twitter.com/MYC4SXRXdS— RAFAEL FEIJAO (@RAFAEL__FEIJAO) November 10, 2013
Thanks for my Family @blackzilians @SugaRashadEvans @Anthony_Rumble !!!— Cezar Ferreira (@cezarmutante) November 10, 2013
@ufc has anyone got knockout and submission of the night? !!!!! Lol— Brandon Thatch (@RUKUSMMA303) November 10, 2013
"@danawhite: @TheMMAhole @LiLHeathenMMA trust me I got Jeremy" your the man Dana! Ill keep earning mine bro! Thanks 4 everything bro
- Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) November 10, 2013
Back on the grind.
Working my ass of today on this gloomy Sunday in Rio with @lorenzofertitta and @UFCLV ;) pic.twitter.com/dSnSNi7Io1— Dana White (@danawhite) November 10, 2013
Even playing field.
Not a fan of TRT but criticizing Belfort is getting old. Don't forget that Hendo & Vitor were on an even playing field last night.— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) November 10, 2013
Really regardless of who wins Saturday Nov 16 I will beat either if they step@in the cage with me. @danawhite @lorenzofertitta @ufc— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) November 8, 2013
Just doing her part.
If you can't grow a mustache for Movember I found a solution! #VoteTate pic.twitter.com/E2hwJVxTPN— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) November 10, 2013
More digs from Cyborg.
It's amazing to me that Rhonda is talking about her beating Cain. Who's a heavyweight man. But she won't go to a... http://t.co/EFZiJCqW2l— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) November 9, 2013
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Applebee's in Albuquerque NM, on Yale blvd - SUCKS— Andrei Arlovski (@AndreiArlovski) November 9, 2013
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via DocCassidy.
Veterans Day, PTSD, and why I've learned to Like Tim Kennedy
I'm a veteran. I was a US Army Combat Medic and I served two tours in Iraq. I also have PTSD. It's been a while and I'm healing. I don't jump at loud noises [much]. I still don't feel comfortable in large crowds, but I manage my irritability better. It never goes away, though. You always carry the experiences of war and combat with you. The way I describe it is when you get on that plane to leave, to go home, a part of you stays ther fighting and you're never going to get that piece back. I wasn't one of the cool kid, special ops guys. I was a straight leg Grunt. I started as an Infantryman and reclassed to Medic. I make sure to mention this because the way some people talk everyone was a Navy SEAL. Not me, though. My experiences aren't that different that thousands of other vets; worse than some, not as bad as others and it is what it is. Not everyone saw combat. I don't think much of people who talk up their experience. The way I see it is cooks don't need to be hardcore. They need to keep the warfighters fed. Same with the pay and office bound guys. You don't need to dramatize what you experienced; it's enough to have done your job well and support those who needed it. Being in combat is not a requirement to be a good, professional Soldier.
The Special Forces guys are rockstars in the military. All the young grunts wanted to be them, myself included. When you're around them, you're in awe, but as you progress and mature you start to realize that the SF guys generally fall into two camps: laid back, chill dudes who are cool as can be and always willing to teach what they know and complete douchebags who, despite being great warfighters, just fail at life.
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