Jon Jones Says His Best Is Yet To Come

Jon Jones will defend the UFC Light Heavyweight title against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235. With just a couple of days to go, the focus once again shifts to Jon, and his journey to the Promised Land — erasing doubts that have haunted him since his rivalry with Daniel Cormier began couple of years ago.

With everything that has happened outside the cage, the focus finally shifts to what happens this weekend. For Jon Jones, the fight is yet another opportunity to cement his legacy. Smith has quickly risen up the ranks in the light heavyweight division, and Jon Jones told us in an exclusive interview that he believes Anthony Smith possesses different tools to the fighters he has faced in the past.

“Yes he definitely poses a different kind of threat, but I feel that every fighter poses different threats”, Jon told us. “They all have different strength levels, endurance levels, fight IQ. They all play the game differently no matter how often you have been in there. No two fighters are going to fight the same way.”

Jon was granted a one-fight license by the NSAC back in January, and ‘Bones’ is excited to step inside the cage, once again competing in the fight capital of the world.

“It has always been a pleasure to fight in Las Vegas”, Jon said when asked about fighting again in Vegas. “Between Las Vegas and Madison Square Gardens, these are the fight capitals of the world, I think every fighter should have the opportunity to fight in these places.”

For Jon, adversity and uncertainty have been constants going into his fights. Jones somehow seems to thrive on criticism and people doubting him. In fact, in his previous few fights, he has faced fighters that he has had bad blood with. However, with Smith not concerning himself with the happenings outside the cage, Jon won’t be dealing with an opponent that would try to get inside his head. However, that doesn’t seem to affect the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

“No it doesn’t change the dynamics of the fight”, Jon explained. “I’ve actually really enjoyed having a respectful lead up to the fight. I think as a traditional martial artist people are respectful and it’s actually refreshing to get back to a fight that is more about the tactics of martial arts than about the drama of the fight.”

Jon also told us that the best is yet to come from one of the greatest fighters to have stepped inside the Octagon.

“I believe the best is yet to come, and I am working hard every day to prove that.”

Watch UFC 235 – Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith and Tyron Woodley vs Kamaru Usman live and Exclusive on Sunday, 3rd March 2019 at 8.30 am (IST) on SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD channels

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