UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones has been a dominant force since stepping on the scene, beating the likes of Lyoto Machida, Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua, and more in fairly one-sided fashion. The same sort of smashing is expected later this month when “Bones” battles Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 and understandably so considering the way things break down on paper.
Jones is 17-1 with the lone blemish involving an unnecessary disqualification, while Sonnen is not only coming up from 185 pounds for the fight but was last seen suffering a knockout loss to Anderson Silva. However, just because he’s the overwhelming favorite entering the fight doesn’t mean Jones hasn’t considered the possibility of coming up short no matter how slim it may be.
“I never feel overconfident. I’m definitely not complacent. I’m aware of defeat. I lose at something every day in practice. That keeps me on my toes to not have that happen come fight night,” confessed Jones in a recent interview with MMAFighting, though that’s not to say he doesn’t expect to come out victorious on April 27. “I understand who he is, both his gentleman side, and him being Chael the promoter. I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of both sides of him. I’m ready to beat him up.”
The 25-year old title-holder got familiar with Sonnen while taping TUF 17 where the two didn’t butt heads as much as was initially expected. The experience gave Jones a good deal of insight on Sonnen’s personality, allowing him to see through the numerous insults having since been thrown his way from the controversial contender.
“Chael’s (trash-talk) doesn’t bother me at all. I think if I was to take it personal, if I wasn’t to understand it, it would bother me. But I have a pretty clear understanding of who Chael is, what he’s accomplished, and my understanding kind of takes the power away from his words and his persona,” explained Jones. “You can see that the talk has picked up a little bit. But Chael is in the ‘promote fight’ business. I guess that’s how he got in this situation in the first place. I’m in the ‘remain champion’ business. So, I’m excited. I’m excited to go out there and do what I do best, and that’s win championships.”
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