Jon Jones is widely considered to be the greatest fighter on planet earth, but “Bones” says understanding he could lose to any opponent, is why he’s been able to go undefeated (yes, disqualification loss aside).
Jones continues to prepare for his July 9th, UFC 200 bout with current light-heavyweight champ, Daniel Cormier, who he decisioned last January. When they met for the first time, there were some who believed that “DC” would pose the greatest challenge to Jones to date. Cormier didn’t get blown out of the water, or anything, but Jones demonstrated once again why he’s the best 205’er the sport has ever known.
Recently Jones attended a media luncheon to promote UFC 200, and the Jackson – Wink MMA fighter was asked about his success, and how he’s been unable to remain undefeated. Here is some of what Jones had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I try to exude confidence and I try to be confidence,” Jones said. “Even when I’m not confident, I pretend to be confident. It’s important. But I know that I can be beat and I think that’s why I haven’t been beat, where some of these guys really start to believe their hype.
“Ronda Rousey, they were saying she’s the best fighter of all time and best athlete in the world, stuff like that. And I was happy for her to hear those types of accolades, but once I realized that maybe she was starting to believe it herself, I knew she was in a dangerous spot. Conor McGregor saying these things about just being the baddest dude and ‘I’ll beat anybody at any weight class,’ that’s foolish stuff. When you believe the hype to that level, that’s when you’re in danger.”
How about that? It’s interesting to hear this, as Jones has certainly relayed in recent months that he’s still the real champ etc, which didn’t sit well with his critics and Cormier supporters. By the sounds of it then, Jones isn’t looking past Cormier , even though he defeated him before.
As far as the comments about McGregor, Jones took some verbal pokes at the featherweight champ, following his loss to Nate Diaz. If you recall, leading up to UFC 196, McGregor argued he was the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet.
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.