UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones recently laid out the plans he has for the next two years. Part of the plan includes Jones moving up to heavyweight to fight in that division as well. Jones’ head trainer Greg Jackson recently spoke about the things Jones was saying to the media, and he talked about what he thought of the plan. Jackson has been molding Jones as a fighter for years now, and he is really enjoying the success Jones has been able to accomplish in such a short time. As always, Jackson is adimant no matter what happens he will enjoy the challenge.
Jackson told MMAFightng:
“I’ve said before, I like to watch scary movies like with monsters, not because I like to get scared at all, but because I like to figure out what are the parameter. If you’re fighting a ghost, can the ghost hurt you? Can you hurt the ghost? I really enjoy that, like figuring out what the rules are of the game and then how to win when we have these rules. If they give me parameters or opponents or whatever, that’s the fun part for me. The picking and the choosing of them? Not nearly as fun, and not really my job. I just like to break down the puzzles in front of me.”
Jackson on fighting Machida or Gustafsson next:
“It doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “It’s whatever the UFC says. As long as we have enough time to prepare, we’re going to have to fight them all anyway. We’re going to have to fight Machida again, we’re going to have to fight Gustafsson, whoever else they put in front of us. It’s just a matter of who’s next. But I never want to be like, ‘Avoid this guy’ or ‘fight this guy.’ When you’re the champion, you really have to take on. That’s part of what being champion is; whoever they say you have to fight, you have to fight. People might not think that makes sense because we said we don’t want to take a new fight on short notice. That’s a whole different animal. It’s not that we were avoiding the opponent, we were avoiding the situation. We wanted to make sure we were well-prepared. This is a world title in a sport that I think is the best in the world by far, and I want to take that seriously.”
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