He may not know exactly who Richie Incognito is, but UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones likes his chances should the two ever meet. Blissfully ignorant of the on-going bullying fiasco surrounding the NFL's Miami Dolphins, Jones told Washington D.C.'s 106.7 The Fan he'd quickly dispatch Incognito.
"I'll kill him. I'll kill him. Oh yea. Someone tweet him and let him know I'd smoke him easy," Jones said after hearing a brief rundown on the disgraced offensive lineman. "It would be my honor. I'm gonna start threatening him on Twitter today."
While those tweets never came, Jones did open up a bit more on possible future challenges in the UFC's heavyweight division. Asked by a caller how he thinks he'd stack up with the big boys, Jones says he'd project well in the move up in weight.
"I think I'd do really good. I grew up wrestling my older brother every day. In college I wreslted against heavyweights all the time. Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, [Antonio] Bigfoot Silva, Alistair Overeem. There's a lot of tough ones. I'd be confident and comfortable against those guys. I would probably be competing around 250lbs. I'd be a lot faster, probably a little more agile, things like that. I think I'd do great against those guys. Cain Velasquez right now is the champion and he only weighs about 240lbs. I know if I could get up to at least 240lbs I'd be able to compete with those guys for sure."
Word officially came Tuesday night that Jones would next defend his title to Glover Teixeira in February at UFC 170, but still has a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson and grudge match with Daniel Cormier looming. With Jones fighting just twice a year since a career-defining 2011, it could be a while before we see him make a move like that.
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UFC 170. Set for Feb. 22, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jon Jones will defend his light heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 170.
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Rampage. Quinton Jackson says he no longer has any interest in fighting either Tito Ortiz or Dan Henderson.
Make sure to check out our bevy of UFC 167 videos as Ariel Helwani interviews Dana White, Johny Hendricks, Georges St-Pierre, Chael Sonnen and more.
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Free fight: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117.
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Free fight: Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit at UFC 154.
Robin van Roosmalen faces Davit Kiria at GLORY 12 New York.
Damn near 10 minutes of Fedor highlights to the tune of the Rudy theme song.
Tomasz Narkun vs. Simon Carlsen.
GSP with Royce.
Awesome open workout today with one of my idols, @realroyce!!! Can't thank him enough for taking time to do this! pic.twitter.com/pCqs44JBg2— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) November 13, 2013
Getting a little frustrated?
2 losses + lisssssp + best offense is your middle finger = can't talk shit!!! #votepettis— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) November 13, 2013
I shouldn't let people who talk trash get me out of character. #champ4areason— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) November 14, 2013
Six more for Schaub.
Gonna be in the @ufc a lil longer signed new 6 fight deal w/ @danawhite today pic.twitter.com/7XlmnZfRmI— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) November 13, 2013
For want of an 'R'
Need some feed back , please let me know What you guys think of this Shit mock up ??? http://t.co/VcYN1n7M5q— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) November 13, 2013
Pat gunning for Robbie.
Since Robbie Lawler is an underdog, I will place my 1st career bet as a fighter, coach and broadcaster.— Pat Miletich (@patmiletich) November 14, 2013
Ochocinco & Miley.
I won't take you down @ochocinco we can slap box . First to 10 wins !— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) November 13, 2013
Hey @MileyCyrus will you walkout with me my next fight singing "We Can't Stop" make sure you bring your foam finger & twerkin ! #UFC— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) November 13, 2013
A solo pic from the cruise #MuyMacho! pic.twitter.com/oDpHhRgU90— Mike Rio (@MikeRioMMA) November 13, 2013
Announced yesterday (Nov. 13 2013)
Julie Kedzie vs. Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 33
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Nery Castillo-McIntyre.
20/20 Hindsight: Remember Where You Were...?
It is no small feat that a sport once thought of as fit only for barbarians has managed to survive for 20 years, let alone become the fastest growing sport in the entire world-thanks in no small part to the internet, the world's increasingly diverse and effective means of communications and, of course, our human fascination with combat.
MMAFighting's Chuck Mindenhall has been taking fans and readers down Memory Lane for the past couple of weeks with his countdown chronicle of 20 articles in 20 days about each and every one of the last 20 years of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. All this talk about the UFC's 20th anniversary made me reflect on my own journey to MMA fandom. So, here is my "20/20 Hindsight."
I was in my maternal grandparents' dining room in Guatemala finishing our usually late lunch. The TV was invariably on from the afternoon through the evening, and my maternal grandparents happened to have cable. The Spanish-language television network Univisión was airing its newstainment show, "Primer Impacto." There was hardly ever a reason to really pay attention to the program, as it served mostly as background noise, but then I caught the tail end of one of the segments, and I would never forget what I saw:
Patrick Smith finishing Scott Morris during their UFC 2 tournament quarterfinal match. The image was seared in my memory.
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