Jon Jones: Winning the title is my dream, and beating Brandon Vera is a part of itPosted on March 15, 2010, 08:14 AM by Anton Gurevich
Fast-rising UFC Superstar Jon "Bones" Jones stated in an interview to MMAWeekly.com that the fans have seen only 20% of his striking abilities, promising a very entertaining fight against the Muay Thai specialist Brandon Vera, on March 21st. Jon Jones admitted that fighting a talented Wrestlers Matt Hamill and Jake O'Brien in his last two fights prevented him from displaying his full striking talents. He expects a much different fight against Vera:
“My last two opponents I fought, Jake O’Brien and Matt Hamill, were both guys who I had to stay aware of their double-leg takedown so it didn’t really allow me to unleash the type of striking that I wanted to. I really have a lot of pride in my stand-up. It’s a lot better than you see in the actual Octagon. You’ve seen about maybe 20 percent of the things that I have in my head and things that I’ve been training.”
Jon Jones lost his last fight to Matt Hamill via a disqualification, but it looks like the disappointing loss did not damage Jones' long-terms plans of becoming a UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Rochester, New York native is not underestimating the abilities of Brandon Vera, revealing that he is excited to face "The Truth":
“He’s a tough fighter and he has a really big following. It’s just going to be great for my career in so many different ways. Ultimately, my goal is to make it towards the top and I’ve wanted to get that fight with Brandon Vera. The belt is my dream, so I know beating him is just part of it.”
One of Jon Jones' biggest advantages against Brandon Vera could be the enormous 7-inch reach advantage, that could make the difference in a striking war between the two. Jones is currently training in Greg Jackson's TriStar Gym, alongside Georges St. Pierre, Rashad Evans and Nathan Marquardt.