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Jon Jones Says Dana White Told Him He’ll Likely Be Fighting Either ‘Rampage’ or Machida Next

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We know everyone is getting sick of the back-and-forth between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans, but we figured this was an interesting tidbit worth mentioning from an interview “Bones” did with TopMMANews while he was in London, Ontario, Canada last week for MMA Live 1.

While talking about Evans’ upcoming match-up with Phil Davis at UFC 133 Jones said, although he thinks Rashad will win the bout decisively, he likely won’t get the next shot at his strap as was previously promised. What made the off-the-cuff comment interesting is that Jones said the decision to push “Suga” back a position in line wasn’t his; it was UFC president Dana White’s.

“I don’t even think I’ll be fighting [the winner of Davis-Evans] now. I had a meeting with Dana and he’s talking about Lyoto [Machida] or [Quinton] Rampage [Jackson] and if Rashad wins decisively, he’ll get the title shot [after them],” Jones explained. “But I’m in the business of competing against the most elite males in the world in hand-to-hand combat and that’s something I have a lot of pride in. So whoever comes next, when I’m ready, I’ll be ready.”

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SnackDaddy- May 26, 2011 at 9:53 am
If Rashad beats Davis he clearly deserved the shot but i think the problem is that Jones can't go that long without fighting again. Between Rampage and Machida, i'd pick Machida any day to stand a chance against Jones. Rampage doesn't stand a chance in hell. He's gonna get clobbered from long distance. I don't see him getting close enough to Jones to cause any damage. Besides, with Jone's strength, you need a solid ground game to survive for even 10 seconds if you're on your back and Rampage's ground game is terrible. Jones is gonna side control without any effort and it'll be lights out Rampage. At least with Machida, there's an off chance that he can catch Jones with a good counter punch or kick.
intercept440- May 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm
@loki glimmer man lol ...what would be totally a kick in the nuts is if lyoto was to do some stupid ass simple karate move that NO ONE has ever used in the last 50 years. and he beats him with it , then credits steven seagal for showing him........something like an austin powers JUDO CHOP... that would be sweet
intercept440- May 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm

gotta agree with ya's on this he's full on gobbling for cock by using the word males. the word should have been elite fighters, what a white boy fag thats actually a negro
LOKI- May 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm
At no point in this interview did either Rampage or Machida come up...Where does this rumor come from exactly?
The fact that Jones called Rashad a Bozo and than backed away from the mic and snickered like he was being bad, makes me want to see him get punched really hard in the face.
I dont think Rampage is explosive or athaletic enough to beat Bones, but Machida has The Glimmer Man.
It makes little difference anyway because chaos dictates that Da Hamma Hamma is gonna beat Rampage and face Mr Wonderful for #1 contender.
RwilsonR- May 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm
@ Sho Nuff - so the person who out-struck the elusive counter-striker would be less interesting? Rampage is frustrating and doesn't always show up to fight, but when he does, he can be very dangerous.
As I said, though, I still think Jones is the likely winner. And if he can get past Rampage or Machida, I don't really see many challenges for him at 205 left. Rashad is a joke. Jones has already destroyed much better wrestlers than Rashad.
fACE7biter- May 25, 2011 at 11:39 am
Its the use of the word "males" that makes it homo, weirdass choice of words Jon

This whole situation makes no sense. It'd be nice if Dana could give some clarification. He should just say that he wants Rashad to fight once more before getting a title shot so that he can make sure hes not suffering from ring rust, and that hes in shape. Revisionist, sure, but atleast it would give some much needed clarity.
Sho Nuff- May 25, 2011 at 11:39 am
Oh come on people, do you really think a howling has-been who doesn't want to fight for a living anymore would be a serious challenge to Jones? Now Machida, that would be an interesting fight. A dynamic, high energy striker/wrestler against the most elusive counter striker ever. That's a match up I'd like to see.
moomessa- May 25, 2011 at 11:14 am
Jon, Jon... don't backpedal into your own boss when he hasn't come forward with that information.

I've been tearing down Rashad for the past few days, but this inside look into the decision-making process is actually making me feel sorry for the guy. So he's getting passed up either by the karate Brazilian or the angrier, more vocal black guy?
RwilsonR- May 25, 2011 at 10:55 am
I actually think both of these guys present interesting challenges for Jones. Both are most accurate strikers than he is used to facing, and we've never really seen Jones chin tested. He has destroyed wrestlers, but these are two very different fighters. Machida controls range better than most and is incredibly accurate, while Rampage is fantastic in close-to-mid range and isn't scared to take one to give one.
I'd still see Jones winning both these fights, but I wouldn't be shocked if Rampage caught him with a huge uppercut and dropped him.
RwilsonR- May 25, 2011 at 10:51 am
"...the most elite males in the world..." - that just sounds oddly gay. Not sure why, and not that there's anything wrong with that. Maybe it would have sounded more masculine if it wasn't said by a white boy.
El Guapo- May 25, 2011 at 10:49 am
Rampage, how do you feel about facing Bones Jones?

"Time fo' some black on black crime! If Bones actually WAS black, nawmsayin? But Rashad calling Bones white is like Wesley Snipes calling the kettle black, it just ain't right."
newdeal- May 25, 2011 at 10:38 am
I think rampage could give Jones problems due to his strength. I think machida would have problems with Jones because with his reach and speed I am not sure machida could elude him
Cranekick- May 25, 2011 at 10:33 am
no way rampage deserves a shot after that crappy decision against Machida
RearNakedSpoon- May 25, 2011 at 10:31 am
Amazing, they managed to have Jon Jones (an annoying twat) talk to someone who is even more annoying. Impressive.