Jon Jones talks Mind Games: I'm always looking to "humanize" my opponentPosted on February 24, 2011, 05:05 AM by Anton Gurevich
"If you look really closely at my past fights, I never actually look into the guy’s eyes. Nor do I do it at weigh-ins. At weigh-ins normally I just look off into the audience and it kind of plays a little mind game on my opponents a lot of times. They don’t really know how to react to that."
"As far as when I’m in the Octagon, I’m always looking at the opponent’s body when I’m standing there. I’m big on not fighting an opponent’s name, his credentials, his past fights, his face. I fight the body and when I’m standing across and I’m looking at his body, I’m really just humanizing the guy, and looking at imperfection in his physique or… You know there’s a quote that says, ‘If a guy looks soft in the mid-section, usually he is soft in the mid-section.’ So I’m just humanizing the opponent. That’s what I’m doing. For it wasn’t that easy though because I’m staring at the guy’s body and the guy’s built like an NFL linebacker, but yeah I’m just excited when I’m out there and getting ready to fight the human." - Prommanow.com via BloodyElbow.com
Jon Jones will look to become the youngest Light Heavyweight Champion in the UFC history, facing Mauricio Shogun Rua at the main event of UFC 128 next month. Jones is currently 12-1 in his Mixed Martial Arts career, having his only defeat via a Disqualification, in a fight against Matt Hamill. So, LowKick'ers, will Jon Jones be able to find a soft spot in Shogun Rua? Voice your thoughts in the comments section.