After this past weekend’s performance against Rashad Evans at UFC 145, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had plenty on his plate worth celebrating. The dynamic 24-year old picked up his seventh straight win since suffering a disqualification loss, including four straight against former UFC champions, and emerged victorious in a bout where the personal stakes were as high as the professional ones.
While the 16-1 Jones certainly felt some level of satisfaction in his showing against Evans, only moments removed from his success inside the Octagon the 205-pound king was busy analyzing his effort and looking for areas to improve in.
“It wasn’t necessarily about doing things I didn’t do when we were training (together),” explained a semi-satisfied Jones in an interview from the locker room with UFC cameras. “I just knew that I had grown a lot. I grew a lot. My game’s a lot different than it used to be. I just thought if I went out there, played the game the way I like to play it, be very versatile, that I would be okay.”
“But, he caught me a few good times. The guy hits hard, so can’t be doing that,” Jones continued, switching gears. “I try not to get hit in practice at all and I definitely don’t want to be taking big hits like that. Those things will slow your career down and I’m very young, I have a long time to go, so I’m not happy that I got hit so hard. But it was a learning experience for sure.”
Jones also mentioned he was glad to have finally experienced a full five-round fight as a means of gauging his cardio, though he didn’t necessarily seem sure how to react to the result.
“It was my first five-round fight and it felt like my cardio wasn’t an issue. Maybe it was an issue, I don’t know.”
Watch out the full interview with Jones below:
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