UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has worked hard for everything he has accomplished.
From capturing a national title at Iowa Central Community College, to claiming the UFC belt, Jones has never asked for anything to be handed to him.
Following Anderson Silva’s recent loss to Chris Weidman, most moved “Bones” ahead of everyone else and to the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.
That, though, is something Jones would rather earn by defeating Alexander Gustafsson this September at UFC 165 than have handed to him.
“It means a lot to me,” he said, during a pre-fight press conference on Toronto Tuesday. “It doesn’t feel real. My goal is to become the No. 1 fighter to ever do it. To become No. 1 because Anderson lost, it doesn’t make me feel like I accomplished anything.
“I’ve worked hard to become the No. 1 light heavyweight ever; winning this fight will make me feel better about (the overall ranking).”
Jones can also become the first fighter to defend the 205-pound belt six times with a win, as he is currently tied with Tito Ortiz in the history books.