Teixeira doesn’t care if Jones is looking past him – he’s looking past Jones
Jon 'Bones' Jones has taken some criticism for talking about defending his title against Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier before he even beats Glover Teixeira. But Teixeira doesn't mind -- he's so confident he's already looking past Jones.
Jon Jones keeps saying he’s focused on Glover Teixeira. But it’s not hard to get him to talk about what he feels is next in the UFC light heavyweight division.
At a fan Q&A session before the UFC 169 weigh-ins last Friday, Jones said he believes he will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier before a potential move up to heavyweight to fight champion Cain Velasquez. And he spoke about it rather nonchalantly.
Of course, Jones meets Teixeira on April 26 at UFC 172 in Baltimore. The Brazilian slugger hasn’t lost a fight since 2005 and he’s only gone to decision once since 2011. Jones might be favored by around 7-to-1, but he was a hefty favorite against Gustafsson in September, too, and nearly lost.
Teixeira, though, is not worried about what Jones is saying. It doesn’t bother him for a simple reason: he’s doing the exact same thing. Teixeira told FOX Sports he’s so confident coming into this fight that he’s actually looking past Jones.
As a fighter, I’m confident I’m gonna pass you.
In Teixeira’s mind, he’ll beat Jones and then possibly fight Cormier while Jones and Gustafsson battle it out for the No. 1 contender spot.
"I think it could be Cormier, because then Gustafsson and Jones could be fighting a rematch for who gets the title shot," Teixeira said.
Teixeira was in town Tuesday with Jones and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta to pledge the UFC’s support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s professional fighters study, which focuses on the effect of repeated head trauma. He said he didn’t find it odd to be rubbing elbows with the guy he’s about to face the same way he doesn’t think it’s strange for Jones to be looking past him.
"As a fighter, he should be doing that," Teixeira said. "I’m looking at it the same way. I’m looking at my next opponent after him."
Teixeira said he feels like Jones has been respectful toward him in interviews. And if Jones said he was only focused on him and not looking ahead, he would be disingenuous.
"I think the same way," Teixeira said. "As a fighter, I’m confident I’m gonna pass you."