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Jon Jones believes he’s figured out the key to beating Lyoto Machida

UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones is a complete MMA fighter. “Bones” spends just as much time in the gym training as he does outside of it, breaking down his opponent and finding their weakness.

In Lyoto Machida, the next challenger to Jones’ reign as UFC 205-pound champion, the Greg Jackson-trained fighter feels like he is understanding what makes “The Dragon” so strong – and so weak at the same time.

“I know myself. I know my weaknesses, I am not naïve to them,” Jones said in a UFC interview promoting the event. “And I am starting to understand my opponent. I am starting to understand what makes Lyoto, Lyoto. Where he’s strong, where he’s weak. I will defeat Lyoto Machida. I believe that it’s my destiny to be the UFC champion for many years.”

Jones has already successfully defended his crown once this year against a former UFC title-holder, having earned a submission victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. He was scheduled to meet Rashad Evans, but Evans was forced to pull out of the planned bout due to a hand injury. Instead, “Bones” gets another in the form of Machida.

“I’ve always felt confident with martial arts, and I always knew that I would fight Lyoto one day,” Jones said. “Lyoto’s a great opponent, man, he’s game. I think he takes this sport seriously. I think he’s unpredictable, he’s fast. Lyoto loves distance and I love distance, but I have the longer limbs, and I believe I’m just as fast.”

Machida and Jones will face off at the main event of UFC 140 on December 10 in Toronto.

Check out the interview below:

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