Visiting the Nation's Capital alongside his UFC 172 opponent Glover Teixeira, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is still looking back to his September bout with Alexander Gustafsson. Speaking with Chad Dukes and Lavar Arrington on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jones says his last outing with Gustafsson has given him new resolve as a champion.
"My last fight I had a really tough fight. I just won by decision. I just squeaked out a victory. I've been humbled. It's an empowering thing. It's a scary thing for [my opponents]. Now I'm taking my job more seriously than ever."
With claims by some fans that he's already looking down the road at future opponents, Jones says it's all just part of the game.
"It's kind of a no-brainer. Anybody who pays attention to the sport knows who's coming, you know who's deserving. You've got to give Alexander Gustafsson the No. 1 contender spot behind Glover Teixeira. Then with the way Daniel Cormier has been performing, he's top three at the heavyweight division. Lets see how he competes at the light heavyweight division but with the tear he's been on, if he can continue that, it's unquestioned that he deserves a shot, as well.
"I really don't like [Cormier] too much, but right now he's coming across as being good for the sport. He's a really articulate guy. He's doing a lot of broadcasting and commentary. He's a winner and an Olympian. So even though I don't like him, I do respect what he's doing for our sport."
Back to the matter of Teixeira, Jones doesn't look to be buying into the Brazilian's knockout hype.
"I won't have to gameplan for it. I'll just have to be aware of it and respect it. In Glover's last fight, you saw that. He was getting beat up. He had his back against the wall. He was covering up his face, kind of in the fetal or turtle position. He peeked up, saw that he had an opening, swung and got a knockout, which was extremely impressive. So yea, Glover is someone I'm going to have to respect tremendously. He has knockout power in both his right hand and left hand. It's just going to be a really entertaining fight to watch."
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@PhilMrWonderful Thanks big dog. Let's put on a show nobody will ever forget.— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) February 4, 2014
This would have been a much better live season.
If you are real Man talk this to me tomorrow,face to face or shut up @sonnench! La è um froxo,amanha o bixo vai Pegar pr o lado dele chega!— Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) February 5, 2014
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Great to be a part of the Cleveland Clinic Brain Health Study pic.twitter.com/RnCYNTjHSY— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) February 4, 2014
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via forty two.
Thirty something days into the year and with 4 events in the books the UFC are on track to reach the 50+ events they announced for 2014. After yet another night of ‘guys fighting', it is clear that the UFC is not firing on all cylinders when it comes to marketing their fighters or their events. The fight promotion has effectively become a fight planning company. With at least a 1000 fighters entering the cage in 2014, even for hardcore fans it gets difficult to keep track of everything that is happening in and outside the cage.
One way to bring a more cohesive structure to the extensive roster of fighters and events is to introduce the idea of fight teams. This is by no means a new idea, but developing it further might help solve some of the more obvious problems that are present in the current MMA eco-system.
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