“Well, I definitely think of myself in a high regard. I think it’s important as an athlete to have a good self-esteem and look at yourself in a very high light. I think that’s the only way you can ever become something great, is if you fake it until you make it… So I’m not gonna really defend myself with him saying that I think I’m something special to the sport, because I truly do and I’m working towards that so that it may come true one day.”

— Jon Jones on The Jim Rome Show (transcribed via 5thRound) responding to Rashad Evans’ claims that he is full of himself

Jon Jones is definitely taking a different approach to his meteoric rise through the ranks than say pound-for-pound staples Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre have. I don’t think I’ve ever heard either of them say they were anything special since they’ve dominated their respective weight classes. I’m sure they know it inside, but they’ve never let it go to their heads despite their continued success. As invincible as Jones seems in the cage, I can’t help but wonder if the first person to beat Jon Jones will be Jon Jones. Time will tell.

In the meantime, Jones is as confident as he’s ever been that he’s going to take care of business when he meets Rashad Evans. Jones told Jim Rome that he has the “blueprint” and the “how-to manual” on how to beat his former teammate. He thinks it will either be a “really tough fight” or the “simply the easiest”, but either way he’s going to win.

Below, check out MMA Fighting’s footage of Greg Jackson teaching Jones some new moves during his training camp for Rampage Jackson.

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