Previous to his UFC 172 Light Heavyweight Title defence against Glover Teixeira, both former champion Chuck Liddell and current 205lb fighter Phil Davis had strong words about champion Jon Jones.
Liddell on the MMA Hour said that Jones let a lot of fans down when pulling out of his fight at UFC 152 at short notice. 'The Iceman' also quoted that his former training partner Teixeira was going to knock out 'Bones' when the pair met and if he was still fighting, he'd do the same.
As for Davis, he too had strong words for Jones. 'Mr Wonderful' throughout the pre-fight build up at UFC 172 when he was facing Anthony Johnson, constantly ran his mouth about Jones, claiming he was ducking him.
Unfortunately, both men spoke too soon. At the event that took place in Baltimore, Maryland, Teixeira and Davis both took heavy losses. Jones beat the Brazilian up for five rounds in one of his most impressive performances. As for Davis, he clearly was looking past his opponent Johnson, as he was dominated by 'Rumble' losing every round.
This has sparked a reaction for the longest ever UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. On his Instagram, Jones posted about both Liddell and Davis.
On Liddell, 'Bones' said: "Talking all that trash before the fight..you mad bro?"
And regarding Davis, he posted: "Crumble me like a cookie?"
Both Liddell and Davis have been firmly put in their place. Jones' best performance for a very long time could not have came at a better time. He not only answered his two most recent critics, but the rest of the MMA community who slated him for his performance against ALexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.
Jones will rematch Gustafsson when he next defends his UFC Light Heavyweight Title. No date or venue has been set yet, although the fight could take place in Stockholm, Sweden.
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