Jon Jones: I believe in my heart that I am the best, I believe that I won't losePosted on December 5, 2011, 05:33 PM by Trent Reinsmith
Jon Jones has been on a rollercoaster ride since replacing Rashad Evans in the main event at UFC 128. Evans was originally scheduled to face UFC Light Heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua on the card, but was forced to withdraw due to a training camp injury. Jones, a training partner of Evans’ at Jackson’s Gym stepped in and took the fight.
The acceptance of the fight started a rift between Jones and Evans and when Jones captured the UFC Light Heavyweight title from Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 that rift began to grow affecting how Jones was looked at by many MMA fans. Where once he was looked at as an engaging, charming and humble fighter, some began to see him as cocky and overconfident.
On Saturday, December 10, Jones will defend the title he wrested from Rua, facing off against former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. In the days leading up to that fight Jones had a message for both his fans and detractors, claiming that while he may have changed as a fighter, he has not changed as a person. "In high school I got the free lunch because we didn't have the finances to go to Wendy's for lunch like the other kids. That I got good at fighting ... that changes nothing about the real world. I have changed as an athlete -- I believe in my heart that I'm the best, I believe I won't lose to Lyoto, or Rashad [Evans], or [Dan] Henderson or any of the other guys. ... As 'Bones' I'm growing and yeah I'm a little cocky and it's important to be that way. But as Jonathan, in the real world, everyone who meets me will say I treated them with the utmost respect." - for more see MMAFighting.com
Further Reading: UFC 140: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida Extended Video Preview
Photo: UFC fighter Jon Jones before his fight against Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC-Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko at the San Diego Sports Arena on August 1, 2010, in San Diego, California. Francis Specker