Phil Davis: I'm Not Convinced Jon Jones Is Fighting at UFC 172

UFC light heavyweight contender Phil Davis isn't sold on 205-pound champion Jon Jones defending his title at UFC 172 at the end of this month. 

Speaking with MMA Junkie, "Mr. Wonderful," who is booked against Anthony Johnson on the same April 26 card, explains that he wouldn't be shocked to end up fighting for the interim light heavyweight strap. 

"He may not fight at UFC 172," Davis said. "It’s not too late for him to back out of this one. It’s happened before. I'm just saying it might happen again. Apparently, beating the no. 1 contender doesn't move you up enough in the rankings, so I need to make sure I'm letting people know I'm ready for a title shot whenever it's available. And if he happens to back out of this fight for whatever reason, I'm willing to take on Glover Teixeira for an interim championship." 

Jones vs. Teixeira was originally pegged for UFC 169 and then later UFC 170, both of which took place in February and neither of which ended up going as planned. 

"Bones," the UFC's top pound-for-pound fighter in its official rankings, has been on the shelf since a hard-fought decision win over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September. 

While the decision was a bit controversial, it marked Jones' 10th straight victory, as well as his sixth straight UFC light heavyweight title defense (a company record). 

Meanwhile, Teixeira has won an incredible 20 bouts in a row, including five decisive wins inside the Octagon.

Davis—the No. 4 light heavyweight, according to the UFC—is riding a four-fight unbeaten streak, most recently winning a heavily disputed split decision over upcoming middleweight title challenger Lyoto Machida at UFC 163 in August. 

His expected opponent "Rumble" Johnson has rattled off six straight wins (four knockouts) on the regional scene since being cut by the UFC back in January 2012. 

Is Davis reasonable in believing it's anything but a sure thing that Jones will be competing in the headlining bout of UFC 172?

John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Brass 'Disappointed' in Jon Jones, Call Actions 'Dumb,' but UFC 197 Goes on

  • 29 days ago
  • 19 views

The UFC was not impressed with Jon Jones' performance. In a violation of his probation, Jones was arrested Tuesday. He received a fresh round of traffic violations after verbally sparring with police read news >>

The Comeback: Jon Jones' plea deal, UFC 200 bookings galore, no 'Cyborg' for Holm

  • 29 days ago
  • 6 views

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Thursday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Fea read news >>

Video: Out of jail, UFC 197 headliner Jon Jones already back in gym

  • 29 days ago
  • 17 views

After an incarceration, court hearing and eventual jail release, Jon Jones closed out a busy day with a trip back to the gym.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

The Trials of Jon Jones: Is He in Danger of Losing the Prime of Career?

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

Jon Jones dodged another major career hurdle Thursday, when a New Mexico Judicial District Court judge added new provisions to his existing court probation but declined any harsher conditions includi read news >>

Anderson Silva UFC 198 Media Scrum: Retirement, Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, and More

  • 28 days ago
  • 106 views

During UFC 198 media day in Curitiba earlier this week, Anderson Silva discussed numerous topics, including retirement, Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, and more. read news >>

Watch: Jon Jones Already Back in the Gym Popping Pads After Jail

  • 28 days ago
  • 3 views

Jon Jones just got out of jail and it did not take him long to get back in the gym. Video of the former light heavyweight champ hitting pads with his striking coach has hit social media, and Jones se read news >>

Quick Hit Video: Jon Jones Immediately Returns to the Gym Following Jail Stint

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

After three days in jail, it appears former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had some pent up aggression to release. read news >>

Rematch on hold: Injury forces Daniel Cormier off UFC 197 headliner vs. Jon Jones

  • 28 days ago
  • 50 views

After all the uncertainty of the past week, it appears this month’s highly anticipated rematch won’t be happening after all. But it won’t be for the reason anyone initially thought.Filed under: Featu read news >>

Daniel Cormier Withdraws from UFC 197 Fight vs. Jon Jones Due to Injury

  • 28 days ago
  • 1565 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has suffered an injury that will hold him out of his UFC 197 fight against Jon Jones on April 23, according to BJPenn.com. ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto confi read news >>

Daniel Cormier Injured, Out of UFC 197 Headliner with Jon Jones

  • 28 days ago
  • 120 views

All joking aside, injury has forced Daniel Cormier out of the UFC 197 headliner opposite Jon Jones. read news >>