MANILA – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White doesn’t approve of Jon Jones’ ploy of reaching out his hand to his opponent’s face, claiming it gives him undue advantage.
Jones repeatedly used this move while defending the UFC light heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira, poking the Brazilian’s eyes in the process.
“We gotta stop that stuff," White said in an interview with FOX following UFC 172: Jones vs Teixeira over the weekend.
White said taller fighters typically use this ploy to “blind” their opponents while preparing for an attack.
"The opening of the hands and putting the hands on the face. It's something bad, but you know, it happens with guys who have reach. They do that a lot," he said.
But other than that, White said Jones effectively outstruck Teixeria, who was expected to dominate the champion at least in striking.
“Bones” proved to be the more well-rounded striker by peppering the Brazilian with a variation of strikes, including jabs, body kicks, head kicks, and elbows.
Jones eventually won by a lopsided decision.
“He fought a great fight, he put on a clinic. He just picked him (Teixeira) apart and did whatever he wants to do,” said White.