Dana White Critical of UFC Champ Jon Jones’ Criticism: “It Makes It Sound Like You’re Worried”

November 11, 2013
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Jon-Jones-UFC-126-Prefight_4718UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones may have been critical of the match-ups that contenders to his belt have received on their rise to a title shot, but UFC president Dana White is making no apologies. In fact, he leveled a little criticism of his own at Jones.

“Jon, I love ya, (but) you’re not a matchmaker,” said White on Saturday night when confronted with Jones’ criticism of the recent matchmaking for Alexander Gustafsson. “Fight your fight, he’ll fight his fight, and don’t worry about it.”

“It makes it sound like you’re worried about it. When you talk like that, it makes it sound like you’re worried about it.”

Jones and Gustafsson fought an epic battle at UFC 165 in Toronto in September, leaving many calling for an immediate rematch. White was among those that want to see the two fight again, but the decision was made for Jones to first fight Glover Teixeira and for Gustafsson to fight Rogerio Nogueira.

Jones was critical of Gustafsson vs. Nogueira, believing the UFC was giving the Swede an easy ride to a rematch.

Nogueira, however, is suffering from a recurring back injury and won’t be able to fight. So now the UFC has replace the Brazilian with undefeated 205-pounder Jimi Manuwa, who wasn’t ranked as high as Nogueira.

White made no apologies for the substitution.

“Manuwa is undefeated, knocks people out, nasty striker. They’ll both stand up and bang,” he said of the Brit facing Gustafsson. “Both these guys are strikers, I think it’s gonna be a stand-up war.”

While many have been critical of Manuwa being put in a position to be a fight or two away from a title shot, White pointed out that there are always critics, many of them ducking back in the shadows after having been very vocal about Gustafsson before his impressive performance against Jones.

“This happens all the time. The same (expletive) thing people said about Gustafsson,” said the brash UFC president, shrugging off the critics. “’Oh, Gustafsson is gonna fight Jon Jones. Jon Jones is gonna kill him.’ … Okay.”

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa is scheduled for March 8 at the O2 Arena in London. Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira has been agreed to, but the UFC has yet to name a date or location.

If Jones and Gustafsson both win, the two are then expected to rematch.

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  • raf

    Gus fighting with Manuwa is easy and good for Gus. Doesn’t make sense ! Gus should fight with Cromier or other top 5 fighter !!!

    • Jon

      titlefight = MONEY

  • MaritalArtist

    Manuwa is a beast

  • who is dana

    Jones is right in some way. It is too easy for Gustafson ! Give him top 10 fighter !

    • uncle

      No he is wrong Jones forgot where he came from
      people could say the same thing about him, his
      fight with Bader shouldn’t have got him a title shot ,with Shogun but Dana the matchmaker
      made it happen, so he should just shut his damn
      mouth

      • Lucas Freire

        That’s what I’ve been saying. He got a shot with wins against Matyuschenko and Bader. lol

    • Advance*

      Gustafsson could have had the rematch but Jones decided he didn’t want it. Now he’s complaining about who the UFC is matching Gustafsson up with? It really makes it looks like he’s worried about the rematch.

  • Truthseeker

    Manuwa isn’t a beast… He ducked UK’s Linton Vassell to slide into the UFC without a blemish. Granted he has now improved a lot but facts are facts.

    • Jon

      this is interesting seriously, can you contribute with some sources and can you tell us more?

    • El Gvapo

      As if he ducked him. His choices were A) fight him in the minor leagues, risk losing and losing your shot at the big time or B) move to the big league. No brainer. If Linton is actually that good they can fight in the UFC when he gets there eh?

    • Advance*

      Who cares if he ducked some guy most of us have never heard of? Obviously he’s made smart career decisions since he’s now fighting the second best light heavyweight in the world.

  • uncle

    Gus is coming for that a** Jones don’t worry

    • Monty Greer

      And Jones is gonna beat his ass into the floorboards this time.

      • JK

        Just like the first time? Let me guess, you’re one of those guys saying “Jones was off that night.” You know why? Because his take downs were being stuffed, his reach advantage was nearly eliminated, and he was getting punched in the face over 100 times.

        • Monty Greer

          Noo. That was a damn good fight, even Jones thought so he likes toe to toe drag outs like that. What I’m saying is he’s gonna be more prepared. .he had his game on that night..Gus is the same kinda fighter..I believe it’s gonna come down to a submission next time..no more decisions

          • JK

            Jones likes “toe to toe drag outs”? I’ll respectfully disagree with you on that point. Any man who has ever competed in combat sports (I’ve competed in amateur kickboxing and muay thai) can tell Jones hates getting hit. The way he flinched and turned away from punches in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4rth rounds is telling.

            I’m not saying he’s a pussy, obviously he isn’t. Jones shot on Gus less than a minute into the first, and immediately after the first solid punch connected; those are not the actions of one who desires “toe to toe drag outs.”

            Remember the Gil v Melendez fight? That is the definition of two guys who desired a “toe to toe drag out.”

          • Monty Greer

            I don’t know about any of that stuff, just a fan of the sport. To me it looked like neither of them liked being hit very much. But I still don’t think Jones is gonna lose the rematch

        • toom

          Well if you watch the fight again without people yelling in your ear you’ll see Jones clearly won the first time

          • uncle

            You must be delusional he looked like a damn crash dummy ,but he clearly won

          • toom

            I would agree with that not saying your wrong but go back and watch it half of those shots barely touched him

          • uncle

            Barley touched him, OK and how
            did he end up looking like Worf from Star Trek?

          • toom

            Lol you make a valid point but do me a favor just watch it again by yourself

          • Harry Palm

            I watched it by myself and I thought Gus won the first three rounds and so did a LOT of other people, so it really wasn’t so ‘clear’.

          • toom

            Well I guess it’s a matter of opinion a when a fight is that close

          • Collideoverme

            Agreed. Had Gus rds 1,2, and 3, Jones 4 and 5.

          • Karen Meade

            “…OK and how
            did he end up looking like Worf from Star Trek?”

            F’kin hilarious!

          • Stix

            Jones was off that night and still won the fight clearly, next time he’ll be sharp and come in with a game plan that makes beating Gus look easy

        • drkdisciple

          You make many valid points and Gus surprised me and many others during that 1st fight. Do you think he could put on the same performance if Jones did not suffer that cut early and fought blind for most of the fight?

      • Benzington

        says who mtherfuker?

      • Collideoverme

        No…don’t think so.

    • solo

      We will see that fight again, but probablt it wont be for the belt. Everyones forgettin Glover, and thats no good, trust me!!!

  • Austin, TX

    A succinct, apt comment from Dana. Agreed. Jones should just shut up and fight who is put in front of him.

    • uncle

      That’s what I’m saying is Jones scared of him or something I hope Glover taps his a** too

      • William Skrainski

        “taps his ass too?” Who tapped his ass first?

        • uncle

          Gus did

          • William Skrainski

            Just be a fan bro….you know not wtf you look at.

          • uncle

            When the judges score it UD, you believed it I use the eyeball test, it should have been draw or split decision win it was close fight ,so I understand why they gave the champ the nod

          • William Skrainski

            It’s even more simple than that….Jones out scored Gus plain and simple. http://blog.fightmetric.com/2013/09/jones-vs-gustafsson-official-ufc.html

          • TrentSki

            Ok, now go watch the fight, this isn’t old school boxing where you had to dominate the champ to be the champ
            Beating the champ should be good enough

          • William Skrainski

            That’s exactly how it’s scored though…so, yeah it kind of is. Gus won one round. That’s it! Better luck next time I guess..

          • TrentSki

            Bad mistype or are you just drunk?
            Maybe you should go watch the fight as well, just reading the comments on here won’t give you any indication of who won it

          • William Skrainski

            Nah, I saw the fight brah, I know what’s up. Your kid lost. That’s about it. You have to out score your opponent if you’re not going to finish him. Like it or not, Bones out scored your kid. Go sleep it off.

          • TrentSki

            So your not drunk, your on drugs? Stop lying to us virgin boy, go watch the fight

          • Jacob K

            53 of jones 134 strikes were leg kicks. gus out-scored him everywhere else. leg kicks should be to striking as failed triangles and armbars should be to bottom ground game: not worth s*** to the judges. not devaluing leg kicks they are important strategically, but come on, you don’t win rounds on leg kicks im sorry.

        • John Bunch

          I read it as “That what I am saying…” and in addition to that point “I hope Glover taps…” too. Like the second point is in addition to the first one, so “too” seems appropriate to me in that context.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    UFC gave Gustaf the best they could. This guy is tough and deserves more credit. He deserves a chance. We won’t know for sure about this guy until he fights Gustaf. If anything maybe he can shake up the division a bit. Everyone is saying throw in DC but the guy is still getting his weight down and only wants to fight Gustaf in the states. Jones is obviously a true champion but he should just mind his business before he gets in hot water with Dana. I’m sure he doesn’t appreciate the comments.

    • Sarcasticball

      Agreed! But I think all fighters sould shut their mouth and fight not only Jones, but Sonnen, Anderson Silva, Belfort, GSP, Overeem etc… Your job is to fight not to pick your opponent.

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        This is why Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell were close with Dana. They would fight anyone at anytime, never picked an opponent.

        • solo

          absolutely! And now Jones is not only looking to choose opponents for himself, but for others also. its gettin ridicolous really.

          • Sarcasticball

            1000% Agreed!

  • AXE MURDERER

    Hendo still top 10 & fight is 5 months away, give Gus vs Hendo if Manuwa gets injured while training. A more legit name & good back up plan. And at some point we gotta see Gus vs Vitor!!!

    • Dragon Kid

      Hendo is on a 3 fight losing streak, throwing him in a number #1 contenders spot like that is a bit BS.

  • Dragon Kid

    Gus vs Cormier makes the most sense

    • JK

      No. Cormier vs Davis makes sense.

      • Dragon Kid

        sure, if u wanna see davis hump for three full rounds like he does in all his fights. gus vs. cormier is a big money of a match that would provide excitement and aggression, not sure I can say the same for davis vs. cormier though.

        • toom

          lmao Davis hump cormier go home your drunk

          • Dragon Kid

            I dunno what ur high on but all of davis’ fights all he does is hump ppl.

          • toom

            Yeah do you know nothing about mma cormier got a metal in the Olympics Davis couldn’t hold him down if cormier had the flu

          • Dragon Kid

            if he’s medal is so important, then why isn’t he facing cain for the title then? oh wait, its because they’re friends and teammates. pathetic.

          • toom

            dude for real I will beat you at this all day your name is cigano but wait won’t he nit fight big nog think. Type

          • Dragon Kid

            big nog isn’t no longer a relevant top 10 guy for jds to fight while cormier is right up there with cain in the top 2-3 …

          • toom

            Took him down many times did you watch the fight not to mention do you hear yourself Jones isn’t an Olympic wrestler and clearly cormier can back it up.

          • Dragon Kid

            jones’ wrestling was too superior to everyone who tried and failed to take him down. gus doesn’t even have a wrestling background and he took jones down several times at ease. medals don’t mean squat in MMA. its all about skill.

          • toom

            Yeah your right going to the Olympics doesn’t.mean you have skill listen to yourself your sounds foolish plus he took him down one time when he was off. Balance

          • Dragon Kid

            listen to you, u make it sound like cormier is the be all end all when he’s not.

          • toom

            Not saying that he’s really good though not to mention the only thing I was saying is that Phil Davis would be destroyed by cormier he’s worse in every way besides kicks

  • tyrone

    Jones sounded afraid. I think Gus took his heart.like weidman did with silva

    • JK

      Gus rattled Jones confidence, that is certain. I love it when ego’s get humbled.

      As far as Silva is concerned, we’ll see if his heart was stolen when they fight again. I’m one of those guys that thinks Silva fought like an idiot and deserved to lose, but to say Weidman took his heart? A bit presumptuous.

      • Chase Brian Beebe

        Silva never wanted a piece of Weidman he ducked him for a whole year

  • james helm

    and how many people thought gustaf was an easy fight for jones when that was announced? nothings an easy fight, depends what the person brings to the fight on the day

  • El Gvapo

    So who does Jones think is a worthy fight for a title shot? The fact is the old guard (shogun, nog, Evans) aren’t up to it, machida has dropped down and the new breed (Gus, glover, Davis) are yet to hit mainstream popularity. That’s what happens when a division is in transition, but as Dana says, shut up and fight whoever you’re told to fight.

    • William Skrainski

      Give him Phil….see if he can beat him yet!

      • El Gvapo

        He will probably beat all three of the up and comers I mentioned, but he should shut up and do just that. Some times I think he’s more concerned with safeguarding the belt around his waist and the tick on his chest than fighting the best competition out there. He’d comfortably beat shogun, sonnen, Evans etc and seems quite happy to do so continually rather than facing fresh challenges.

        • William Skrainski

          Well, after that Chael Sonnen nonsense I can understand anyone questioning the matchmaking practices in the UFC. If you want a title shot…beat a contender!

  • Monty Greer

    Jones is gonna waste that chump this time.

  • Liam O’Keefe

    Jon Jones is a whinny little baby. He need to learn to do his job and not tell people how to do theirs. The UFC has been putting fights together long before him and will be doing so long after. His job is to fight, not to make the matches or rank the fighters. He needs to quit is bitching and whining and just focus on the fight. He want to hand pick his opponents, shit don’t work like that. Can’t stand this guy. He’s worried about both Alexander and Manuwa, because he knows that both of them can take his belt. All he wants are cans. He’s no champ, he’s a chump.

  • Shawn Steinberg

    He is f***** worried. He knows he lost to Gus the 1st time and he’s scared s***less to fight him again. it became perfectly clear when immediately after the fight he started saying that he beat Gus decisively and that he should have to rematch him. Then this s***, it’s clear he wants no part of Gus again. Meanwhile he did that to ensure he fought Teixeira next and not Gus and Arguably Teixeira has yet to even beat a top 10 opponent yet he’s acting like Gus is getting an easy fight to keep the rematch intact. Like GTFO with that B.S. your scared, and rightfully so.

    • Karen Meade

      I think Texeira’s legit, but also agree with you that Jones wants no part of Gus. If you think Jones is shook now, tho, wait till DC ragdolls his ass. Gus took him down with ease, Fedor Emilianegro will juggle him.

  • Cameron Merryman

    “Easy path to the rematch”….Gus was getting the rematch anyways you dumbass

  • Headown

    U can all say what u want. Gus is future champ..

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      Even if Gus loses 2 out of 3 to Jones, Jones won’t have any piss and vinegar left to remain a long term champ. He took a brutal beating in the fight and it’s going to happen for another 25 minutes, and possibly another 25 minutes after that. That’s what’s giving Jones the unsettled feeling. I wonder how he sleeps at night.

  • Pat Garret

    I watch, the fight 5 times Bones did enough to win. Gus never had JJ hurt, where as Gus was badly hurt twice!” I saw it that way ,and so did the judges! “Whomever thinks Gus won this fight, is absolutely delusional.

  • Grisscoat

    Jones is right… and smart enough to understand that Dana White has no real problem watering down the prestige of his belt with undeserving opponents if it makes good bussiness sense. Jones worried? Nice try, Dana. Rather, Jones craves legacy fights and would rather lose to a deserving opponent than crush some guy who lucked his way into a title shot.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    Bones like to get punched about as much as Lesnar likes to get kicked in the liver. Regardless of the decision, Gus is a nightmare for Bones, one that is not going away. His comments about Gus fighting Manuwa confirm that (this comment is nothing new). It is likely Bones will have to fight Gus at least two more times so he should either accept that or take some sportscasting lessons.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    Little Nog made a smart career move by turning down the fight against Gustaavson. He’d be sitting beside the likes of Hendo and Tito next spring.

  • Carlos

    Lol JJ has shown his real character, hes afraid. Like Dana pointed out “sounds like youre worried about it”. JJ thought he was invincible until proved otherwise. Dana knows it was Gus fight and is over for Jones on rematch. JJ will fight too defensively next time around, Gus will take the belt.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    I’m Glad DC’s got to go to the back of the line at 205. That’s his place. I’m surprised he doesn’t want to be a millionaire next year. All he’s got to do is fight Cain. How does he turn down big cash? How does Cain hold him to this? If Cain was a real friend, he’d say “Hey lets fight each other and laugh all the way to the bank.” Even more important than money, DC wouldn’t have to give up his beloved pork.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RobertCullari Bobby Cullari

    Dana is right again…lol People are fast to snivel over what they know little about.