Jon Jones made a big impression when he headlined the UFC’s first Versus event earlier in the year, quickly demolishing a quality opponent in Brandon Vera, and he’ll be looking to continue that momentum when he tops the bill at the 2nd versus event in August.
On this occasion he’ll face UFC veteran Vladimir Matyushenko, and in a new interview he admits it’s not the fight he had hoped for.
“Matyushenko is a really, really tough opponent, but he’s really not a big name so in this fight I almost feel like I have a little more to lose than to gain,” he tells the CagePotato site. “No-one knows who he is really, but he’s a tough guy, he’s not someone to look past. He’s a solid step sideways. I think he’s just as good as Brandon Vera, he’s just got a completely different tool set.”
After a number of highly impressive outings in the octagon many people are touting Jon Jones as a future champion at 205lbs, and he himself admits he thinks he’s ready to face anyone in the division.
“I’m really confident in myself, I’m really big on faith and I just believe if I study for any opponent, you know I’m watching one guy – his interviews, his fights, his footwork, his timing – I think I’ll figure out that opponent. It’s like doing your homework…you know yourself, you know your opponent, and there’s really nothing to worry about.”
A key component of Jones success has been his remarkable reach, which measures 84 inches – the largest in the UFC. The scary thought for his future opponents is that Jones claims he’s only now starting to get to grips with just how potent a weapon it can be for him in the cage.
“Right now in the gym I’m just working on that reach, you know. Having the longest arms in UFC history really doesn’t help you out too much if you don’t know how to use it, so right now I’m just becoming more aware of the gift that I’ve been blessed with and you guys will get to see me utilize these long arms more and more.”
Thought it’s not discussed in the interview it would appear that sporting gifts run in the family as Jones brother, Arthur today signed a three year deal with NFL team, The Baltimore Ravens.
Check out Jones full interview below.