One reason former UFC light heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones says he has remained unbeaten where others have failed is because he knows he can be defeated, and in fact, gets beat up all the time in practice by a bunch of guys you probably have never heard of. It’s when fighters like Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor start believing their own hype is where the trouble comes in according to the number one mixed martial artist currently on the planet.
Jones explained during a recent media luncheon:
“I know that I can be beat, and I think that’s why I haven’t been beat. You know, where some of these guys really start to believe their hype. You know, Ronda Rousey. They were saying she’s the best fighter of all time. Best athlete in the world, you know. Stuff like that. And I was happy for her to hear those types of accolades but, once I realized that maybe she was starting to believe it herself, I knew that she was in a dangerous spot. Conor McGregor, you know? Saying these things about being the baddest dude and ‘I’ll beat anybody in any weight class’, that’s foolish stuff, you know?”
Without there being a real team aspect to the sporting world of mixed martial arts, it’s important for fighters to keep everything in perspective and surround themselves with the right mentors. Do you agree with Jones’s assessment of Rousey and McGregor?
Jones is looking forward to his rematch against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 next week, then says he wants a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson due to how close their first fight was. He also wants to mark Anthony “Rumble” Johnson off his list of the 205-division’s best fighters to cement his name forever in the history books as the greatest light heavyweight of all time.