UFC-Tonight-logoThe following quotes are from tonight’s UFC 172 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FOX SPORTS 1 for UFC 172: JONES VS. TEIXEIRA. The show was hosted by Jay Glazer, with UFC light heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann providing analysis. Ariel Helwani conducted interviews on-site.

UFC 172 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FOX SPORTS 1 Analyst Brian Stann on Jones changing his game plan against Teixeira: “Jones completely broke down his game plan and went into the danger zone. He used his innovation and used his elbows, and looked like he put Glover’s face in a blender. It’s unbelievable with his 85-inch reach that he’d going into a phone booth, going into the shark’s mouth and win the fight. Jones didn’t take a lot of damage. He’ll be able to keep fighting for a long time.”

UFC 172 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FOX SPORTS 1 Analyst Chael Sonnen on Jones:“He looked fantastic tonight. You saw an angry world champion, and you see what happens when you piss off Jon Jones. Glover stood up to him like a man. He looked outstanding. That’s important to know because that showed just how good Jones is.”

UFC 172 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FOX SPORTS 1 Analyst Daniel Cormier on if he still wants to fight Jones for the title: “I still want to fight him, and partly because I’m a man and want to be the best in the world. But Jon looked awesome tonight. I apologize to Dan Henderson that I’m asking for a title fight when I’m fighting you first. I’m focused on fighting you, but I want that title shot.”

Cormier on how to beat Jones: “I think what I have to do is I’d impose my will on him. I have to press him against the cage and bully him. But I have to tell Jones that I’m a bigger man than him and put some doubt in him. I train harder than him with someone named Cain Velasquez. I have to go and fight into that style. Of course, this is after I beat Dan Henderson. I’m fighting one of the best fighters of all time in Henderson. I’m hoping that after I win that, Jones has one more power ticket in his pocket to say he wants to fight someone new and face me.”

Jon Jones on what he thought of his performance tonight: “I was hoping to get back to those dominating ways and I did. I didn’t finish the fight, but Glover is a game opponent.”

Jones on his upcoming goals: “I broke my own record with most title defenses. I have gigantic goals and I’m taking them one at a time. I’m not that impressed with that performance. My cardio was running low a little at the end. I do have a lot of great gifts. You have to be smart. You have to have a great work ethic. One thing you have to have is a chin. I realized I have a chin. I caught some uppercuts and some left hooks. I’m blessed to prove I can fight at close range. A lot of people believe that to beat me you have to get inside. Today I threw more elbows standing than ever. I’m closing up the holes in my game – jiu-jitsu, takedown defense, takedowns, close-range fighting. I believe I’ll be champion for a long time.”

Jones answering Cormier on if he’d fight him instead of Alexander Gustafsson:“Let me enjoy my victory. I’m pretty sure you have a fight scheduled so you better focus on it. I told Phil Davis to focus on Anthony Johnson and he totally looked past his opponent. You have to give each performance your absolute attention.”

UFC President Dana White on Jones’ victory over Teixeira: “It was not the fight I expected. I thought Glover was going to take it to him, close the distance and for Jon would try to take him down. But Jon stood up with him all night. And now we see he’s got a chin on him. He put on a clinic and picked him apart.”

White on how good Jones looked tonight: “He’s extremely talented and tonight was one of his best performances. He’s definitely the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and on his way to being one of the greatest fighters of all time. He gets better every time. He gets more confident over time.”

White on Jones fighting Gustafsson next: “I’m looking forward to him against Gustafsson. If we did that fight in Europe it would be massive. I have no clue when it’ll happen.”

White on Anthony Johnson’s victory over Phil Davis: “Johnson looked good tonight. I was expecting him to gas out, but he took his time, picked his punches and stuffed every takedown.”

White on Rockhold’s victory over Boetsch: “He looked great tonight. Tim is very tough, and Luke didn’t even mess up his hair.”

Stann on Anthony Johnson’s victory over Phil Davis: “We all predicted that Davis would win this and that didn’t happen tonight. Johnson hurt him in round one and he maintained a good posture, stopped the takedowns and kept moving forward. This was his most impressive win. We have a new contender at 205.”

Cormier on how Johnson beat Davis: “The M.O. on Phil Davis is if he can’t take an opponent down, he gets rattled. Johnson is really that good. He wanted to hurt Davis tonight.”

Stann on Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch: “This is the second top-10 fighter that Rockhold has walked through. He’s the next guy in line for the title.”

Cormier on Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch: “He’s got to let the Belfort and Bisping things go and move forward. He’s got to go fight for the title. ”

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