For a guy who’s moving up to heavyweight, Jon Jones sure is keeping a close eye on the goings on at 205.
The former light heavyweight kingpin once again took to Twitter during the weekend’s UFC main event, sharing a mix of congratulatory and somewhat salty tweets as he watched 41 year old Glover Teixeira survive several blitzes to submit Thiago Santos in the third round.
Let’s line up Jon’s tweets with the fight so you can follow along with the GOAT contender. Glover survives an early skull smashing to take down Santos and keep him down through the remainder of round 1:
We got ourselves a fight— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2020
Glover nearly chokes out Santos at the end of round two, but then gets blitzed again in round 3, only to turn it around and finally tap “Maretta”:
— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2020
My mind is blown right now, don’t even know what to say— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2020
I’m proud to have beat this guy, I like him— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2020
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Jon Jones tweetfest without some trolling. Sounds like he’s still annoyed with the recency bias displayed by people calling Khabib the GOAT over him:
Glovers the new goat— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2020
Y’all having a good night?— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2020
And this may have more to do with Jones disliking the current next challenger for the lightweight title, Israel Adesanya, than being real bullish on Teixeira:
Somebody give the man his shot— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2020
There was some shade thrown at Thiago Santos, too.
So glad I don’t have to read tweets about running from Santos, If he would’ve won everyone would be talking mad trash tonight— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2020
Very few can string together wins after we’ve faced, it’s weird https://t.co/iXjyg6L6uQ— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2020
What’s more interesting in our eyes is how Reyes and Santos were defeated inside the distance by ‘lesser’ opposition than Jones, who had to take the fights via close decisions. This is the second fight in a row where Teixeira has finished an opponent Jones decisioned. Not to get all crazy the MMA math, but it seems some people are still confused as to why Khabib Nurmagomedov took the #1 pound for pound spot from Jon Jones based on their last stretch of competition.
But we gotta hand it to Jones, he’s still one of the top dogs in the UFC at causing a stir on social media without actually having a fight signed. Is he number 1? Well, that’s debatable too.