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Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson Prank Dana White with Staged Media Brawl

(Dana White intervenes in media day "Brawl" Between Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson)

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Anthony “Rumble Johnson pulled off a fake brawl at the “Welcome to the Show” media conference Saturday afternoon before UFC 184. Jon Jones notoriously brawled with then-challenger Daniel Cormier ahead of UFC 178 in the Grand Lobby of the MGM Grand, resulting in a media storm of backlash, an “off air” exchange, and a whole lot of heat leading up to their fight pushed back to UFC 182. The following video of Dana White’s prank is provided by mmafighting.com.

It’s nice to see a change up in the media day when it came to the stare down. After the real media brawl, Jones’ pre-fight test and a storm of press, you couldn’t pick a better PR move than something that shows some humanity in the organization.

On Saturday’s media prank, White tweeted, “I was thinking “HOLY S*** this is not happening.”

(R-L) Anthony Johnson knocks out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira with a series of uppercuts in their light heavyweight bout during UFC Fight Night, photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Jon Jones and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson face off for the UFC light heavyweight title as part of the stacked lineup of UFC 187. Jon Jones has nearly cleaned out the light heavyweight division of the UFC. Alexander Gustafsson looked like the best competitor to take Jon Jones’ title away, but Anthony Johnson changed that all with a gigantic 1st round KO. Now, Anthony Johnson couldn’t look more like the #1 threat to Jon Jones and his long-reigning hold on the light heavyweight strap.

Do you think Anthony Johnson will be able to beat the long-standing champion? With a win, would Jon Jones be forced to compete in the UFC heavyweight division?

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Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.