Jon Jones got involved in some pre-fight trash talk with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the build to their meeting at UFC 135 in September, something the UFC light heavyweight champion wasn’t really all that interested in doing.
With a contest scheduled against Lyoto Machida for UFC 140 on December 17, Jones would prefer to remain respectful of his foe this time around.
“Some guys have that discipline, honor, warrior spirit, and the other guys have that, ‘I’m going to knock you out,’ cage-fighting attitude. I’m getting used to dealing with both,” said Jones, during a recent press conference for UFC 140. “My biggest advantage is my youth and versatility, and the way I approach the sport.”
Machida, who knocked out Rashad Evans to claim his first and only UFC title, countered Jones’ statement, saying, “I guarantee I will be very well prepared and I’ll overcome his athleticism with my technique.”
This will be Machida’s second time competing in Canada, as he fought there at UFC 129 with a highlight-reel knockout of UFC Hall of Fame member Randy Couture.
“I felt very welcomed by the crowd here and I fought a legend in Couture and I’m very excited to fight for this crowd,” Machida said.
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MMATraining Take: I think “Bones” taking this fight so quickly after defeating Jackson is a smart move, as he is young and seems like the kind of workout freak that would prefer taking fights every few months. Still, Machida presents a different type of foe, as he avoids damage much like Jones, but has knockout power. This is sure to be an interesting bout.