Jones: Musical chairs kind of made me look bad


Previously, there had been reports that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Glover Teixeira would fight at UFC 169, and then at UFC 170. Jones needed more time for his body to recover from the Gustafsson fight, and so the fight was announced for UFC 171.

UFC president Dana White announced Friday that Goerges St-Pierre was vacating his welterweight title, and that a new champion would be decided when Johny Hendricks fought Robbie Lawler at UFC 171. However, Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira were were of course already booked as the main event of that card.

Later, White said that Jones and Teixeira would fight at UFC 172, which takes place on April 12, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jones was interviewed by Ariel Helwani on Friday and discussed the game of 'musical chairs' that his coming fight with Glover Teixeira has undergone.

"A lot of jumping the gun was going down, kind of making me look bad," said Jones as transcribed by MMAMania. "But it happens. Dana and I came up with a way to salvage this whole thing and that was pushing me back one more time. I get to fight in Baltimore. My brother's a Raven, so this is going to work out great for me. The marketing is going to be phenomenal."

Jones also discussed GSP's announcement.

"I am not surprised by it," said Jones. "I understand what Georges is going through, it's a lot of work and I'm actually happy for him. I don't think he's got any more to prove. He's been through that division several times and he went out like a champion -- on top and on his terms with a good head on his shoulders. I think there's so many opportunities out there for him and I'm happy for him. I think he's a great example."

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KingofBJJ site profile image  

12/14/13 3:10 PM by KingofBJJ

Sounds like Jones is going to quit after Glover?

kingkoopa site profile image  

12/14/13 2:24 PM by kingkoopa

He's so cool he jabs with open hands

crumbs site profile image  

12/14/13 12:14 PM by crumbs

Look at bones try his hardest not to shit on Dana for making him look bad, we all know that's what really happen, Dana tossing out fight dates left and right, who cares about the fans who are buying the tickets based on this knowledge. Good for jones for finding the silver lining, but I bet he was like," why don't you guys just put Hendricks/lawlor fight on 172? , why screw over fans who already planned to attend 171, isn't easier this way? "

GodSaveTheReem site profile image  

12/14/13 11:56 AM by GodSaveTheReem

"Bones is back on the roads, watch out!" ...had me this guy

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

12/14/13 11:31 AM by ABE FROMAN

Also, it was nice watching Bones call out Ariel on his instigating. He's one of the first to just put him on the spot.AWESOME.

MMA Lives Here site profile image  

12/14/13 11:26 AM by MMA Lives Here

U can't help but pity people who have shit to say about Jones. Not only is he the most talented fighter in the UFC, he's also one of the coolest champs. He's a legit funny guy Deal with it cunts

The_Spider site profile image  

12/14/13 11:25 AM by The_Spider

Damn he looks like he aged 10 years.

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

12/14/13 11:23 AM by ABE FROMAN

Truth. Inventing stories and trying to make everything he says seem offensive is all they have. He's is a super-cool dude.Hell, as soon as Bones isn't controversial anymore the UG Blog will stop posting stories about him.

Tom O'Bedlam site profile image  

12/14/13 11:21 AM by Tom O'Bedlam

No, your attitude is what made you look bad.

Genghis84 site profile image  

12/14/13 11:19 AM by Genghis84

Based on Jones recent comments on retirement, I can see him doing the same in a few years.