There’s absolutely no pleasing a Twitter tough guy, and nobody understands that fact more than UFC president Dana White.
After announcing they would forgo arranging an immediate rematch between reigning UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson in favor of a Jones vs. Glover Teixeira (pictured) shootout, White was bombarded with complaints on Twitter that Gustafsson deserves the instant sequel and that Teixeira wasn’t worthy of his top contender moniker.
It wasn’t the first time White was blasted for a controversial decision he made, and it certainly won’t be the last. Fans also believed the UFC made a mistake when they paired Jones up with Gustafsson to begin with.
The Gambling Gods agreed, as they pegged Jones a whopping 10-1 odds-on favorite entering UFC 165. However, Gustafasson proved he belonged in the same cage with Jones by taking “Bones” into deep waters for the first time in his young yet illustrious career.
White boasted he was right then, and knows he made the correct call this time by giving Teixeira the nod.
“It’s funny, because before the Gustafsson fight, everybody was like, ‘Oh, Gustafsson is getting a shot at Jones? This is ridiculous. This guy and that guy should be fighting Jones.’ It doesn’t matter who Jones beats, people are always gonna hate on Jon Jones,” White said this weekend in Brazil. “Jon Jones has that tough fight [with Gustafsson], now it’s like, ‘Oh, Glover Teixeira doesn’t deserve it.’
“Glover Teixeira is on a 21-fight win streak and he knocks people out. Has he been in a couple wars and been clipped? Yeah. Who cares? The most important part is, he ends up winning at the end of the fight, and most of the time by knockout. The dude is nasty, he’s tough, and I admire Jon Jones for wanting to fight him next. And saying he’ll fight Gustafasson [again] after.”
Teixeira has actually rattled off 20 consecutive victories, but White’s point was made, nonetheless. And if you’re keeping score at home, Teixeira was in danger against Fabio Maldonado and Ryan Bader until mustering up a rally to extend his torrid run.
So, like it or not, keyboard warriors (and by judging from your messages to White, you don’t), Jones will defend his throne next against Teixeira on Super Bowl Saturday.