Phil Davis has launched more than a few verbal shots at Jon Jones in the last year or so, and the latter was recently asked to weigh-in on “Mr. Wonderful’s” exit from the UFC.
As you probably have heard by now, this week Bellator announced that it has signed Davis to a multi-fight contract. The accomplished wrestler entered free agency, following his split decision loss to Ryan Bader in January, and now the fighter’s five year run in the UFC has come to an end. The 30 year-old fighter went 3-2 in his last 5 Octagon bouts.
As noted, Davis and Jones have exchanged more than few words in recent times, but during a recent Google Hangout with the light-heavyweight champ, here’s what “Bones” had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“Oh my goodness,” said Jones. “‘Mr. JV,’ himself. To be honest, I’m happy for him if he’s going to make more money over there. Ultimately, it’s about providing for our families. It’s a job at the end of the day. If he’s going to be treated better over there, good for him.
“I do believe the competition is not as stiff at Bellator as the UFC so I think he’ll definitely be a top three guy in the world now. Good for him. Maybe he’ll even win it. To be a world champion and to make a little more money, that’s a win-win. But good luck ‘crumbling me like a cookie’ from all the way over there.”
There you have it. While Bellator does have several big name light-heavyweights under contract, most would agree that the talent pool isn’t comparable to the UFC’s. In other words, when you consider the wrestling and submission game of Davis, he just might go on to become Bellator champ. You never know (the current champion is Liam McGeary if you’re a ‘just the UFC’ kind of fan).
Bellator hasn’t announced when and who Davis will face in his promotional debut. Mr. Jones, meanwhile, is booked to fight Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23rd.