It appears that Jon Jones may very well be the real deal, a genuine superstar in the making, and you can count Dana White among his growing list of admirers.
“Vladimir Matyushenko is a guy who I have a a lot of respect for and I didn’t think it was going to happen that easy,” White said on a special edition of The Daily Line show which aired immediately after the conclusion of the UFC On Versus 2 event.
“‘Bones’ Jones is the real deal and he just catapulted himself tonight into the top eight in the world. Tonight solidified it. To go in and do what he did to Vladimir Matyushenko, and make it look as easy as he did tonight, it cements it for me. This kid is one of the top eight in the world in that weight division.”
For White the main concern now is that the 23 year-old keeps his head on straight and doesn’t become sidetracked by the media hype and the success he’s achieved in the octagon so far in his brief career.
He’s got to keep his head together, stay focused and keep doing all the right things in training. He’s smart, good looking and bad ass. He’s going to make a lot of money — this kid is going to do very well. Right now in the 205-pound division, all these guys are fighting each other. When the smoked clears and the dust settles, Jon Jones will fight one of the top eight guys in the world for his next fight.”