"Glover Teixeira, to the hardcore fans, they know how tough he is. I definitely feel as if this gets me back on that wave of domination. I’m happy to have all that back…. It was great to have the crowd back on my side again. It’s been a long time since I had cheers. And I figured it would be that way, so I said, ‘let me really embrace this, let me really give this audience some entertainment.’ It was just great — I was living it up. I figured Ray Lewis would be there and a lot of other Ravens would be there, so I was just playing it up. I practiced that dance all day today. I aced it, I hear, but I haven’t seen it yet. Ray was happy. I’m happy."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones had a good time last night (Sat., April 26, 2014), beginning with his Ray Lewis-inspired dance as he walked to the Octagon to fight Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172. Lewis -- who played nearly 20 years as a linebacker for the Ravens of the NFL -- was sitting ringside at Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md., no doubt a fan of the "Bones" tribute. His signature celebration was a staple of the team's entrance on the field, one that he dubbed the "Squirrel Dance." Jones appeared to nail the routine, as well as Teixeira for five rounds en route to a dominant unanimous decision win (watch full fight video highlights here). Jones, who has struggled to win over fans in recent years because of his personality, thinks he might have added a few to his club, according to his personal review at the UFC 172 post-fight press conference (watch full video replay here). You be the judge ... check out Jones' jig below:
And, for the sake of comparison, the inspiration:
It was certainly a better gimmick than the one his trainer, Greg Jackson, suggested in the wake of UFC 140.