UFC 172 Conference Call: Phil Davis Rips Into Jon Jones

UFC 172 Conference Call: Phil Davis Rips Into Jon Jones

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UFC light-heavyweight Phil Davis has a big fight in Baltimore this weekend when he takes on Anthony Johnson at UFC 172.

The April 26th bout sets the number four ranked Davis against the number fourteen ranked Johnson, and in a match that could well establish the winner of the fight as the next title challenger in line behind division frontrunner Alexander Gustafsson.

However, by listening to Davis’s comments today on a pre-event conference call, fans might be left with the impression that “Mr. Wonderful” is looking past his “Charm City” opponent to the 205 pound champion, Jon Jones.

In what were light-hearted remarks, but nonetheless ones intended to raise his title contention profile, Davis stated that that the route to a title shot was not earned by simply doing your “talking” in the Octagon, but rather the “exact opposite.” That aside from his Octagon victories, a fighter must work diligently outside of the ring to earn a title opportunity. Specifically, Davis stated that a fighter must declare that he wants to “break apart” the champion.

His words:

“I’m saying precisely the opposite. I’m saying enough with the talk inside the Octagon. You gotta win. You gotta look good winning. And then you gotta tell everyone that you’re going to break apart Jon Jones…I (promise I’m) going to break him apart like a sugar cookie.”

All in all, the exchange between the pair is both humorous and friendly, while serious at the same time – at least on Davis’s behalf.

“Mr. Wonderful” has been criticized by UFC President Dana White as being happy with his role as a contender and not really reaching for the title. In light of that, it appears that Davis is stepping up to the plate and making his title aspirations known. However, and of course, he must first get past (the tough) Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.   

For the rest of the exchange, here’s Phil Davis taking the opportunity to “rip” on Jon Jones.

Audio courtesy of MMAWeekly.com

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

    I've always liked Phil personally and professionally. I'd love to see him get a shot at chicken bones.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      I'm a huge Phil Davis fan. I think he's awesome, both in and out of the ring. He's a bright, funny, charismatic, guy. He's also a beast. Phil should do well in the sport over the years.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DanaBlack DanaBlack

        Well, he is single you know.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

          I did not know that. However, at least we now know that one of us is keeping tabs on Phil's marital status.

          Is your next revaluation to be that he's good looking, as well? Generally, the two statements to together – you know.

          Don't forget DB, once you go Penn State you never go back.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DanaBlack DanaBlack

            Lol…in all seriousness, I totally agree with you. Phil's a very likeable guy with tons of potential. His size/frame, along with his ever-improving skills, are making him more dangerous all the time. I could see him taking that belt in the future.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

            That indeed he is. He's a gentleman and he'd make a great color commentator. I can easily see him holding the belt. He's a tough fight for anyone in the division.

            Best of luck to him in Baltimore.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/HATEOCRACY HATEOCRACY

      So they were cool @ first but now Phil wanna get around folks & talk reckless while massaging Gus nuts on the mic, what a busta. That Uncle Tom needs his ass kicked in the worst way.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

        Uncle Tom? What could you mean by that Hate?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    That last response by phil was funny as hell when bones asked which rounds do you think Gus won???

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/HATEOCRACY HATEOCRACY

    I have never seen Phil dumptruck boring ass k.o. anybody.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/D D

    I like Phil, but I hope he's not looking past Rumble. He should be able to take Rumble to the ground and submit him pretty quickly, but Rumble could definitely KO him too.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DanaBlack DanaBlack

    That's not nice, Phil. Lol

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    Brian, ask Phil for one of his PUBIC hairs, you can frame it. Hahahshshhsbs

    Just kidding don't get mad

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/LiLCee LiL Cee

    He's gonna get his ass whooped in a couple of days. That win over Machida was a joke
    His striking compared to the cats at the top of the division is subpar + no ko threat. Them pink tights aint helpin either son