During a media conference call ahead of this weekend's UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira, UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones said said he was no longer entertaining the idea of a superfight with UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
Jones had previously described a move to heavyweight as being inevitable, citing 2014 as the year.
"I have no interest at this point," said Jones as transcribed by Bleacher Report. "There’s a lot of talent to test myself against."
That talent includes Teixeira, Alexander Gustafsson who fights the winner Saturday, Olympian Daniel Cormier, and Phil Davis.
"People are interested in rematch [with Gustafsson]," said Jones. "Phil Davis said he’s going to crumble me like a cookie. There’s a lot of challenges, and I’m ready to meet them."
During the call Jones and Davis got into it.
J“I’m not giving up on you, Phil,” Jones offered after Davis’ initial volley.
“I’m not going to give up you either, sweetheart,” Davis retorted.
Phil Davis: "Whatever Glover does to him…I’ll clean up whatever’s left."
Jon Jones: "Not nice, Phil."
Phil Davis: "You're welcome."
Jon Jones: "I didn't say thanks."
Phil Davis: “We all saw you were scared (vs. Gustafsson). What have you done to overcome your scared-ness? Did you get a nightlight? Do you sleep with a teddy bear now? What did you do?
Jones Jones: “I actually do sleep with a teddy. I do sleep with a teddy, Phil. Does that answer your question?”
Phil Davis: "“The last time you said you could handle somebody in the striking department, Alex hit you so many times in the right eye, you almost turned into a pirate. How are you so sure you can be better than Glover standing up, because let me tell you, I’ve seen Glover before, and what are you going to do?”
Jon Jones: “I have nothing to prove fighting a guy like Phil. I’ve already proven myself against a lot of amazing martial artists, and I think if anything, Phil is kind of embarrassing himself with all the antics. But it’s what he’s deciding to do today. I am a champion, and I fight the top dogs, and my whole career has been in the fast lane. I’m not going to sit here and belittle myself by entertaining Phil.
“At first, I thought it was funny, but it’s just silly. I’m fighting Glover, and he’s fighting Anthony Johnson. I need to stay focused on Glover, because Glover is a great challenge to me. I just think when you talk like that and you be so goofy, it puts more pressure on you.
“I mean, what if he goes out there and gets caught with one of those high kicks from Anthony and gets knocked out? It’s going to be really embarrassing talking so much trash to me and getting knocked out by Anthony. So I’m going to keep my mouth shut and stay focused on what I’m here for, and that’s Glover.”
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