Jon Jones motivated by cementing legacy, conquering challenges

As a 14-1 as a Mixed Martial Artist who has dominated some of the sport’s top stars without ever breaking much of a sweat and whose only loss was essentially the result of beating an opponent up too badly, as Jon Jones is, it might be understandable for there to be a dip in drive. However, Jones is anything but your average fighter and regardless of how successful he’s been the desire to head to the gym and keep evolving is still as strong now as it’s ever been.

The 24-year old, who defends his light heavyweight title against Lyoto Machida this weekend at UFC 140, spoke some about what motivates him to and remained remarkably humble in his comments.

“Yeah, it’s exciting to watch me fight because I have a cool style but outside of that, I really haven’t done anything.. I haven’t even gotten a knockout in the UFC yet. This is something that Anderson Silva gets every other fight,” said Jones in an interview with Newsday. “So that’s what keeps me on the prowl, realizing that if I was to leave tomorrow, I probably wouldn’t be remembered in the sport.”

“Bones” is also pushed to excel by his understanding of the sport he’s involved in and what his opponents are capable of.

“Once you get to that certain level, they’re all monsters, and they all present very different challenges that I’ve never seen before,” Jones began. “That’s what makes me smile. I don’t look at them as a problem but a new challenge to rise up to. That’s why it’s a game. That’s why I love it. I’m trying to conquer something new I haven’t done before. That’s what wakes me up in the morning.”

“It’s definitely safe to say Machida presents different challenges, different angles,” he continued. “Lyoto Machida is a southpaw, throws straighter punches, faster high-kicks. He’s elusive, and maybe sharper at evading getting touched.”

With such a centered it’s likely going to be a long decade for light heavyweights as Jones appears to have no interest in changing things up now. Fans can watch him fight Machida on the UFC 140 PPV when it fires up at 9:00 PM EST.

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Other bouts on the card include Chan Sung Jung vs. Mark Hominick, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Tito Ortiz, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir.

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