UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had quite the busy Wednesday. In addition to offering MMA veteran Tyson Griffin a job as his water boy (see below), Jones also made a point to remind fans he's doing his best to remain focused on his next title challenge, Glover Teixeira. Presumedly in response to some criticism he took for his comments regarding Daniel Cormier earlier this week, Jones says he'll get to 'your favorite fighter' in due time.
One opponent at a time, the rest is simply nonsense.. Let's just call all the talking MMA drama. :)— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 5, 2014
Lets not forget Im fighting Glover next. Some of y'all don't know what you want to see! Just a few months ago everyone was screaming rematch— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 5, 2014
My job is to fight the best in the world, I've been doing it for years now. Be patient, your favorite fighter will have his turn soon enough— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 5, 2014
Following Cormier's hat in hand plea for a chance at the strap, Jones claimed he wasn't interested, saying he didn't feel it would be 'appropriate to give that title shot' until Cormier had proven himself against stern competition. Jones also alludes to a possible rematch of his UFC 165 bout with Alexander Gustafsson, a fight fans have been clamoring for since the moment the first one ended. With Cormier waiting on a dance partner, Gustafsson can only help his cause with a strong performance against Jimi Manuwa this weekend in London.
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I get the 'no finishes' thing for Ronda's knee, but no Cormier?
Jimi Manuwa's training vlog.
Alexander Gustafsson agrees with Jones that Cormier needs to prove himself further.
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UFC 171 extended preview.
This was fun.
2 former champs and a man that beat the originally GOAT of all time! Kids these days, I tell ya lol!!! pic.twitter.com/271YcXlyL4— Tyson Griffin (@TysonGriffin) March 5, 2014
Lmao!! Keep em coming brother!! pic.twitter.com/Ap8l9Do2lE— Tyson Griffin (@TysonGriffin) March 5, 2014
Like I previously said, kids these days....SMH pic.twitter.com/4at8R4rZeI— Tyson Griffin (@TysonGriffin) March 5, 2014
And another one lol! pic.twitter.com/0lbf7ynPxV— Tyson Griffin (@TysonGriffin) March 5, 2014
Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) March 6, 2014
Khabib looking big.
khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) March 5, 2014
Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) March 5, 2014
Shot my first arrow into another arrow today. Robin Hood style http://t.co/b0SlvikbXL— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) March 6, 2014
Lets all just calm down.
@Rampage4real Sell the Lamborghini. It's undrivable on the street— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) March 6, 2014
More shorts, more fights.
Cole Miller (@colemillerATT) March 5, 2014
sam stout (@SammyJstout) March 6, 2014
Announced yesterday (Mar. 5 2014)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.
I have some friends that decided they would hold on the UFC Fight Pass for the opportunity to see Gustafsson fight. In other words, Gustafsson has arrived. While many will bitch about the fact that Manuwa isn't a worthy opponent, will you tell me who a healthy and worthy opponent to face Gustafsson might be that he hasn't already fought? Keep in mind that the UFC originally tried to line Gustafsson up with Lil Nog too. While its true that Manuwa hasn't exactly face elite competition, he has done what is to be expected when facing lesser competition by finishing all of his opponents. So quit yer bitching and just enjoy the match!
The rest of the main card isn't as dynamic as it originally was going to be (thank you injury bug), but it still should deliver some fun fights and even a potential title contender within the next year. While this clearly isn't a PPV quality card by any means, it is a major step up from last weeks Fight Pass edition.
Lets break it down!
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