For years MMA fans have wondered what has made the UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones so good at fighting and what exactly is his thought process when it comes to fighting. Now finally after all these years, Jones has let us all in on his mental approach to fighting in a recent interview.
Jones is scheduled to make his next title defense against Thiago Santos at UFC 239 later this week.
Jones recently did a interview with former UFC welterweight and the current UFC analyst, pundit and occasional colour commentator Dan Hardy for BT Sports. Jones revealed how he approaches fights by discussing with Hardy what his easiest path to victory will be against Santos. He further talked about how he will not take the easy approach because he likes to defeat his opponents at whatever they are best at.
Here’s what he told Hardy:
The easiest way to victory….I think the most visible hole in his game is his wrestling. He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, but I have never seen any tremendous submissions or slick movements from the bottom. So I think to make the fight most interesting is to keep it standing. I feel I have out kicked and out boxed everyone that I have ever stood against. So I am very confident everywhere, but if you ask me the easiest path to victory would be to take him down, ground and pound him and find the submission.
But I am not that kind of a fighter. When I faced Gustafsson, he made my face look like mashed potatoes and then the second time, I fought him right where he was the best, on the feet.