It would seem Jon Jones has one clear-cut goal in his fight against Daniel Cormier when the two collide in the main event of UFC 200 a week from Saturday night in Las Vegas: Regaining the UFC light heavyweight title he held for four years.
But then, this isn't your ordinary title fight dynamic. Jones, regarded by many as the greatest fighter in the history of mixed martial arts, never lost his title in the cage, as he was stripped of the belt last year due to his legal situation.
And he already owns a victory over the man who now holds the belt. Jones scored a unanimous decision victory over Cormier at UFC 182, before Cormier went on to win the vacant title in Jones' absence.
With that in mind, Jones believes that winning the rematch with Cormier in a more convincing manner than the first time around should be his primary focus at UFC 200.
"My main goal is to make the fight look easier than it did the first time," Jones said in a Thursday conference call.
Last time out, the fight's outcome was very much in doubt through three rounds before Jones picked up the pace in the championship rounds and left no doubt who was superior on the evening. This time, he doesn't want to let it get that far.
"Obviously a finish would be great," Jones said. "But I just want to make the fight look easier than it did the first time and I believe it will be."
Either way, Jones believes all the pre-fight hype and bluster between he and Cormier has little to do with what goes on once the cage door is shut.
"I don't think the pre-fight hype and the storyline has much to do with the way I perform," Jones said. "I've had a lot of guys I fought and I don't like and I've gone out there and finished them. Then I have guys I do like in a fight and I go out there and I finish them."