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The Danavlog Has a Talk With Some Incredibly Reasonable Canadian Fans

(You can skip through the first 2:45, unless you really can’t get enough of Dana White busting chops and complaining about incompetent employees.)

You have to love these Canadian MMA fans. Dana White goes to a Q&A session in a mall in Toronto (presumably the same one where he admitted that the UFC’s design team had caved to Chinese interests), and their questions are all so…good. Calm, measured, reasonable queries about the state of MMA in Ontario, and what DW has planned for the future.

Perhaps the most interesting answer White gives comes when he’s asked about Jon Jones, whose bandwagon has been filling up ever since his face-breaking win over Brandon Vera. The UFC knows they have a valuable asset with Jonny “Bones,” so they’re giving him a slow road to a title shot. Note, however, at the 3:35 mark, DW starts naming potential future opponents for Jones and the first name out of his mouth is Rashad Evans, who is Jones’s teammate, training partner, and surrogate big brother at Greg Jackson’s squad. I guess we’re still acting like we can just make those guys fight each other, no matter how many times they’ve said they won’t, huh?

My question is, if “Rampage” Jackson, Evans (theoretically, anyway), Lyoto Machida, and “Shogun” Rua are the guys Jones might face after he’s had three more fights over the next year, who’s he supposed to beat up in the meantime? You could make a case for Ryan Bader or maybe even our old friend K-Sos, but more than one or two of those fights and it’s going to start to feel like he’s treading water.

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Gogogadget- March 27, 2010 at 12:06 am
Why the fuck are the danavlogs from Canada when the fight is in new jersey?
robthom- March 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm
Are there other types of Canadians?

Even Canadian serial killers are probably relatively reasonable compared to our rowdy, booing, hat snatching culture.
budsellers- March 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm
this is a good strategy for the ufc. i want to see him fight griffin. next, give him little nog or the winner of tito vs iceman; or both in no particular order. assuming he can whoop them all, let him retire couture(finally) to claim the #1 contender spot.

it is a bit slower than they have built up cain or shane, but still faster than lashley is willing to go...
rlh61- March 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm
Looking back on this string, LargeMidget suggested Mousassi and Jones...that's a pretty interesting match-up there. Any takers on that one? Sweet-n-Sassy has ended his M-1 association and as soon as he gets done dispatching of dip-shit King Mo, the timing might be right. His intro to the UFC could be a fight with J. Jones.
BryanF- March 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm
I want Jones to be the official mouth-shutter of MMA. First he breaks Vera's face, then it should be Tito's mouth, and then possibly move to strikeforce and beat up King Mo. Think about it: "Jon 'Bones' Jones: And you will know him by the trail of the dead..."
rlh61- March 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

While I'm pretty damn impressed with Jones, I'm still not on that band wagon. He's athletic and fast as hell, but he needs to beat one of the bigger names. I don't know how long it would take for one of the top guys to figure him out...since he hasn't fought a top-tier guy, it's hard to say. I get the 'build-up' thing, but I still think I want to see him and Bader next.
ghostboner- March 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Although it is usually Greg jackson who figures these things out.

That said, I would like to see Jones fight Alexander Gustafsson. No more size advantage for you Jonny. Or Thiago Silva would be ok too.
ghostboner- March 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm
I think everyone has climbed a little too far up J.Jones butthole here. The same things have been said about every fighter who has ever looked good. No one thought Machida would even be challenged for years. Bottom line, any of the top guys at 205 can beat Jones, they just haven't figured out how yet. A few more fights to study him and someone will figure it out.
rlh61- March 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm
"Pour Some Sugar on Me"...fucking hilarious! I'm going to get fired if I don't stop logging into this website from work...spontaneous bursts of laughter for no apparent reason don't go over too well around here...
ReX13- March 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm
They call 'em the effin "Deaflympics"? With a straight face and everything?

I'm sorry, but now i cannot get "Pour Some Sugar On Me" out of my head.


For real?
rlh61- March 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Right on the money. While Hammil is an oustanding wrestler, his gold is in the deaflympics not in the actual summer games. That is a huge difference. Like I said, he's still an exceptional wrestler, but not on Bader's level IMO.

@Rex13...that was my exact reaction the first time I 'heard' (no pun intended, but it's still funny) about the deaflympics. Check out Hammil's fighter profile.
JCVD as Timecop- March 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm
Am I missing something here? How is Rampage even still a contender?
Clinch-Smash- March 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm
@ REX13

the whatlympics is right. he was was a medalist in the deaf olympics called the deaflympics. i know it doesnt sound real but it is. i'm not saying its not a great accomplishment but it not the olympics.
RwilsonR- March 24, 2010 at 11:25 am
@ Akilleez

You are right on Hamill's wrestling, but also remember that Hamill outwrestled two NCAA champion wrestlers in the UFC, and brutalized both of them. So his wrestling is top notch when compared to other top wrestlers in MMA. That makes Jones ability to toss him around that much more impressive. I actually think Jones wrestling in competition isn't anywhere near what some top wrestlers have in their resume when they transitioned to MMA, but Jones has been able to use his wrestling seamlessly along with the rest of his aggressive style. Actually, Vera has a more impressive wrestling resume than Jones, and Vera was also able to stop Randy's Greco attacks, but was tossed down pretty easily by Jones. Bones is just able to impose his game so well on everyone he has faced that he takes them out of their's with ease.
ReX13- March 24, 2010 at 11:24 am
Clinch-Smash>> the whatlympics?
Cage Rage- March 24, 2010 at 11:17 am
@ AkilleeZ

I know I'm just saying the match would more then likely be a stand up because of Jones' take down defense being so good but the more I like this fight the more it's not going to happen because Dana White has to "build up" both these guys . I'm sick of Dana White "building up" fighters.They're not a fucking LEGO set just let them fight.Same goes for Dos Santos let these guys fight top 10 guys who cares if they lose it's just a lesson learned.
Cage Rage- March 24, 2010 at 11:17 am
@ AkilleeZ

I know I'm just saying the match would more then likely be a stand up because of Jones' take down defense being so good but the more I like this fight the more it's not going to happen because Dana White has to "build up" both these guys . I'm sick of Dana White "building up" fighters.They're not a fucking LEGO set just let them fight.Same goes for Dos Santos let these guys fight top 10 guys who cares if they lose it's just a lessoned learned.
Clinch-Smash- March 24, 2010 at 11:02 am
@ AkilleeZ

Thats a gold medal in the deaflympics, little bit of a difference there don't you think. Ya thats pretty BIG!

The Bader machup is very interesting to me, i think that it would be a good fight, not really sure who would have that, Bader is an animal as is Jones but Bones is just so fast.
AkilleeZ- March 24, 2010 at 10:39 am
@Cage Rage

I don't know if wrestling even matters when you are fighting someone like Jones. Matt Hammill is an olympic wrestling gold medalist for gosh sakes. Jones just gets in there, judo throws/suplexes the shit out of you, and throws elbows to your grill before you get a chance to defend the takedown. Bader would get wrecked.
rearnakedchickenchoke- March 24, 2010 at 10:29 am
I thought of Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans (didn't know they were teammates) as soon as that fight was over as well. I don't want to see Jones fight either Franklin or Griffin, as I think he's just too fast and it'll be essentially the same outcome as Franklin-Belfort.
steampunk22- March 24, 2010 at 10:15 am
I think Silva is a good matchup, whether or not be beats Griffin.
Ryan_Johnson- March 24, 2010 at 10:11 am
Hey CP, if you kicked down the required amount of players on the Ipad in the non-unlimited pool I'd be up for that. I don't wanna buy $50 bones in Potato Chips and just have it sit there if no one else joins.
Dr Hak- March 24, 2010 at 10:08 am
Assuming the next three 205 lb title shots go to Shogun, Rampage, and Couture, I'd say Bones gets

1. Luis Arthur Cane
2. Tito Ortiz
3. Thiago Silva or Rich Franklin
4. #1 Contender's bout vs Lil Nog, Bader, or Machida if he loses somewhere in there

Reasoning - all of those guys are hovering around the bottom of the Top 10, with the exception being Tito, who would be used to get Jon some additional mainstream/casual fan popularity. If they really want to build him up, there's no reason to throw him in with another guy they want to build up (Bader) until there's good $ involved. Dana isn't big on "tournaments" and a Jones-Bader match is basically a semi-final. Same reason I don't think we'll see Junior Dos Santos fight Cain Velasquez before Cain gets his title shot.
LargeMidget- March 24, 2010 at 10:07 am
Jones Mousassi
Cage Rage- March 24, 2010 at 9:55 am
I came up with Ryan "Master" Bader for Bones' next oppenent before I read this.They both have 11 fights and are somewhat undeafeted.Both have great wrestling and stand up.Bader might have the better wrestling and Bones has the better stand up .I think it would come down to had the better chin but I think Jones would win in the end.