UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones knows that to remain atop his division, he needs to work harder than anyone else out there.
With a bout planned against Rashad Evans for UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans on April 21 fast approaching, “Bones” continues to train as if he is still on the attack – instead of being the one everyone else is hunting.
As part of the build up to his collision with Evans, Jones will be posting a blog on the Fox Sports website. In the latest entry, Jones talks about ignoring the hype and focusing on his training to better prepare for Evans.
You’ve see it in other sports, when a young guy comes on the scene and does well, people get excited and start writing and saying, ‘This guy can’t be beat.’ There’s a lot of hype about me right now; some media experts are saying I am unbeatable, but I know it’s not true. I wouldn’t bust my tail so hard in the gym if I was unbeatable.
Jones has successfully defended his UFC belt against former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida since claiming the title from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. In Evans, he will be facing an ex-teammate and a former champion, as well.
To try and get under the skin of Jones, “Suga” has taken to constant verbal attacks, claiming to have dominated Jones during practice sessions at the gym in New Mexico. Jones doesn’t remember it the same way.
On April 21 he’ll realize he doesn’t even have my area code.
Jones has been able to finish Rua, Jackson and Machida, so the champion has proven himself already at such a young age. In Evans, however, he’ll be facing someone that does know him better than most, and the grudge-factor cannot be overlooked.