Jon Jones reminded the world of what a special fighter he is, at UFC 232, finishing Alexander Gustafsson in the third round. And it wasn’t long after the win, that Jones’ next fight was announced. A defence of his UFC light heavyweight belt, against Anthony Smith at UFC 235, on March 2nd.

Jones also stated in an Instagram post that he wanted to fight three times in 2019. You can see that post here. Speaking to MMA Weekly, Jones’ coach Brandon Gibson, said that his man was already back in the gym, highly motivated. And that he owes it to himself, the fans and everyone else, to keep his momentum going.

“Jon was already in the gym this week, which was unheard of back in the day after a big win. Jon would take a sabbatical, he’d be on a beach thinking of anything but fighting. For him to be not only talking to the team after a big win, already trying to strategize for the next fight but he’s already in the gym.

“I’m actually going to go work out with him in a few hours. Jon owes it to himself, he owes it to his family, he owes it to the fans, to the UFC, to the team, to keep this momentum going.

“We’re never going to rush anything that we’re not prepared for and I think it’s been clear from our history in the past that we don’t mind hitting the brakes on something that we don’t feel matches our timeline. But I really do believe Jon is going to fight three times this year and we’re going to have some tough challenges. Some young guys with nothing to lose. It’s going to be our job to go make a statement with every single one of those performances.

“I think the year leading up to when he won the title or the year he broke into the UFC, he had a lot of lot of quick turn around performances. I told Jon, sometimes by default you get a year and a half long camp but you know you can perform on a short turn around just as well, especially coming off the Gustafsson fight where there was no injuries. Let’s just keep this momentum going.

“Everybody’s hungry to get right back to work. Nobody wants to sit back and revel in the victory. We want to get right back to work because I agree if Jon really chooses to set this schedule as he’s envisioned, he’s going to separate himself from everybody else on this GOAT discussion if he chooses to.”

“I hope it brings fear to all these contenders who want to come get some.”

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