If you think UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones is cocky to the point of carelessness based on the speed of his success, you thought wrong. The 24-year old has no illusions about his own limitations as a man competing in a sport where highly-trained athletes are out to beat you in a variety of ways.
Jones’ humility was made clear in a blog entry he recently made for FoxSports promoting his upcoming bout with Rashad Evans at UFC 145, writing, “I realize I have a target on my back like all champions do, and I have to train like I am the challenger in order to stay champion.”
“I honestly feel I am working harder than any other fighter in the light heavyweight division. I am listening to my coaches, watching tapes of my opponent, and working very hard,” the 15-1 Jones continued. “You’ve seen it in other sports, when a young guy comes on the scene and does well, people get excited and start writing and saying ‘This guy can’t be beat.’ There’s a lot of hype about me right now; some media experts are saying I am unbeatable, but I know it’s not true. I wouldn’t bust my tail so hard in the gym if I was unbeatable.”
The ever-impressive Jones will defend his title against Evans on April 21, offering some closure on their yearlong feud resulting in Evans’ departure from Greg Jackson’s gym in 2011.
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MMATraining Take: I don’t know if Jones is working harder than any of his peers but I don’t doubt he’s putting in major time on a regular basis. He’s constantly in great shape and seems to always put a few new techniques on display when he takes to the cage.