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.”
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?