Jon Jones Has Interest in Fighting Fedor

Jon Bones Jones is the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion and he was set to defend his title at UFC 133 against Rashad Evans until he was sidelined by a hand injury. Jones shouldn’t miss much time, and he could end up fighting the winner between Evans and Phil Davis when he returns. If he doesn’t fight either of those men, it sounds like he’d also be interested in fighting legend Fedor Emelianenko.

Speaking prior to the UFC 129 card in Toronto, Bones said:

“Oooh, Fedor– that would be the fight that interests me the most,” Jones said. “I admire Fedor a lot, and that would be a great gauge to see where I’m at in my career. As far as fighting Dan Henderson, I would love that fight, as well. I’m not trying to call them out but I would be honored to fight either one of them.”

Fedor and Henderson are set to fight this summer so Jones has to wait in line. Even so, it is highly unlikely that Jones faces either one of these men immediately. A loss to Hendo would be devastating to Fedor and it would likely take him out of the spotlight. A win might give him the confidence to take on a heavyweight rather than a light heavyweight.

This is mostly talk from Jonny Bones, but it does show us one thing: Jones thinks quite highly of himself to want to face either of these two men. Of course, that’s nothing we didn’t already know.

Jon Jones Pulls Out of Title Fight with Rashad Evans Because of Hand Injury

One of the hottest prospects and emerging stars in the UFC has seen his rush of success and publicity come to an abrupt halt because of an injury. The news came out Monday that Jon Bones Jones had to pull out of his upcoming title fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 133 because of a hand injury. Phil Davis will replace Jones in the August fight and headline the main event.

Bones’ management team, Authentic Sports Management, issued a statement that explains the injury in more detail. They say “Jones has torn tissue in his right hand in the area between his thumb and forefinger.” They also added the following quote from Bones “This is an injury that’s been recurring since I was a college wrestler, it doesn’t affect my punching or grappling, but I am taking the time and the proper measures to correct this now, so that it doesn’t happen again,” said Jones. “I look forward to getting back to training and to my first title defense. As for Rashad, let’s see what happens with Phil Davis. I will be watching that fight with great interest.”

The good news for Jon Jones fans is that the injury should improve his overall health. What seems pretty clear is that Jones and his management team is taking things quite carefully. Everything moved so quickly for him to end up as the light heavyweight champion; he beat Ryan Bader and then was offered a shot at Shogun Rua in the ring following the win. Though he did not have much time in between fights, he still won. Now that Jones has the light heavyweight title his team has decided to slow things down to make sure he’s able to retain the title for quite some time. If that’s truly why they’re doing it, it’s a wise move.

As for the rest of the UFC 133 card, it still is pretty good. Little Nog and Rich Franklin will meet, Vitor Belfort faces Yoshihiro Akiyama, and our buddy Jorge Rivera is also on the card.

Jon Bones Jones Subdued a Robber Before Beating Shogun Rua

To say Jon Bones Jones had a nice little Saturday would be an enormous understatement. We’re not talking Bed Bath and Beyond or Home Depot, either.  On Saturday night, Jones defeated Shogun Rua in the third round to claim the light heavyweight championship and prove his confidence was warranted.  Hours before the fight, Jones was serving the American public in New Jersey.

According to TMZ.com, Jones was meditating at a park in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon — something he always does before a fight — when he heard a woman scream, “I’ve been robbed!”  The perpetrator quickly realized he had made his move in the wrong place at the wrong time, as Bones chased him down, took him to the ground, and slapped him in a figure-four leg lock until the police arrived.  The champ later confirmed the incident with a tweet that read, “I caught him….Coach Jackson finished him … It feels so good to help others. It gives me power and energy,” and this accompanying photo.

The world works in mysterious ways, doesn’t it? A guy tries to rob a woman and of all the places in the world to do that he happens to do it within earshot of a mixed martial artist who is trying to prepare for a championship bout.  What are the odds?

Jon Bones Jones-Shogun Rua UFC 128 Fight: Is Jonny Too Overconfident?

It’s clear that the UFC anticipates Jon Bones Jones becoming the next star in the sport based on the way they’ve promoted him for his UFC 128 clash with Mauricio Shogun Rua. They aired a special on Jones on Spike TV Thursday called “In the Moment” showcasing Jonny’s path to the title. Did they do the same with Shogun? Not that I saw. They also made an impromptu decision to give Jones a title shot when Rashad Evans got hurt despite him having less than two months between fights.

It’s pretty clear that the UFC is hoping Jones wins so they can continue to market him, and there’s little doubt that Bones is an emerging star. But is he getting too overconfident prior to the fight?

We’ve talked before about Jonny’s mental approach to dehumanizing opponents before facing them in the ring. It’s a brilliant approach, and it certainly has resulted in success in the octagon. But does this mental approach include already signing autographs as “Jon Jones Champion 2011″ before he’s already won? If that’s just part of his mental visualization then I can understand it, but it also can be a sign that he’s too overconfident to the point he may not be properly prepared.

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Jon Jones Explains How He Mentally Humanizes Opposing Fighters

Jon Bones Jones is one of the hottest prospects in MMA, and the emerging star has earned a shot at the title against Shogun Rua at UFC 128. The 23-year-old’s career has moved quickly, and we’re learning that his accomplishments are due to his mental approach as much as his physical tools and athletic skills. Take for instance the strategies he uses as he explained it to Pro MMA Now in an interview:

“I just put in extra effort into the mind and things like that, a lot of sports psychology, a lot of meditation, a lot of religion, things like that.” Jones continued “As far as when I’m in the Octagon, I’m always looking at the opponent’s body when I’m standing there. I’m big on not fighting an opponent’s name, his credentials, his past fights, his face. I fight the body and when I’m standing across and I’m looking at his body, I’m really just humanizing the guy, and looking at imperfection in his physique.”

His comments remind me a lot of what I’ve heard from certain football coaches. If you ever hear some coaches talk, they hardly ever refer to an opposing player by name. Instead, some of them only refer to opposing players by number. Think about it: is it easier to tackle number 28 for the Vikings, or Adrian Peterson? Tackling number 28 is a lot less intimidating than trying to bring down All Day. It’s the same thing in fighting and all physical games — mentally humanizing your opponent can give you an edge in competition. Mastering the mental game is just as important as the physical one when it comes to combat sports. It’s no surprise that Jones is so advanced despite his age given his approach.

Jon Bones Jones Is Ready for Title Shot Against Shogun, But Is March Too Early?

Jon Bones Jones has long been considered an elite prospect in the light heavyweight division, and the 23-year-old did not disappoint his legion of fans Saturday at UFC 126. Jones choked out Ryan Bader in the second round of their match with what appeared to be a guillotine choke. It was immediately after the fight that he received the most shocking news of all: because of an injury to Rashad Evans, Jones would have a shot at the title against Shogun Rua.

Though the announcement was surprising, both because we were unaware Evans would be unable to fight, and also because we did not expect to see Jones receive a shot at the title so quickly, there is little doubt that Jonny is ready.

Bones has ripped through the light heavyweight division, ending four of his last five UFC fights within the first two rounds. He’s 12-1 and only two of his fights went to a decision, with his only loss coming when he was disqualified for using 12-to-6 elbows against Matt Hamill. Jones was dominating in that fight as well, and he’s hardly been challenged despite fighting strong competition in the UFC.

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