Jon Jones har haft långa perioder av inaktivitet. Det har aldrig funnits några tvivel gällande Jones talang men stora delar av hans karriär tycks ha gått till spillo på grund av blandade skandaler som resulterat i avstängningar. Denna inaktivitet är något Jones vill ändra på och när UFC:s mästare i lätt tungvikt nu möter Thiago Santos på UFC 239 så blir det hans tredje match på åtta månader.
I en intervju med bland annat MMA-Junkie så berättar Jones att han känner att han vill gottgöra sina fans och tackar för det stöd han har fått under sin frånvaro.
“I have a lot of supporters who stuck with me, even through my inactivity. This is my way to say thank you to my fans for being there and for their (unwavering) support. I’m just more grateful than ever to be the UFC light heavyweight champion. It’s a special job to have and I just want to do right by it.
“ride it until the wheels fall off”
“I just feel like there’s not many things you can do in life to make this kind of income. If my body is going to hold up, why not just ride it until the wheels fall off. I’m here to just continue dominating and collecting for my family’s future.”
Precis som många andra fighters så var Jones mer aktiv när han var yngre. Jones fortsätter:
“It’s not difficult at all. Physically, I feel great. My weight is already down. Mentally, I feel really great as well. It feels very familiar to be here. When you fight so often, you just get this comfort where you’re feeling in your zone. I feel the way I did when I was like super young just fighting back-to-back-to-back. The only difference is I’m a little more mature and a little more sure in my team and myself. I’m in a good place and I’m really excited to be here.”
“To remain undefeated is a goal of mine”
“To remain undefeated is a goal of mine. Continue to dominate the toughest guys in the world. Doing that against the Thiago Santos’s, and the Luke Rockhold’s, and the Chris Weidman’s, and Johnny Walker’s of the world. That’s a huge task within itself. If I’m able to do that, it’d be extraordinary. I believe that I will and I’m working really hard. I believe more than ever that I’m meant to be here and there. There’s no coincidence that I’m in this position. I’m just earning it. Day in and day out.”
“awesome to become a champ-champ”
“I think it’s awesome to become a champ-champ, but I also know I have time to do it. I have a lot of time to do it. I’m 31 years old. I’m one of the youngest guys in the division and I feel no need to rush that. Continuing dominance at light heavyweight is working out great for me. Providing for my family and breaking records.
“When the time is right I’ll try it at heavyweight as well. I think the quickest way for that to happen is for the UFC to reach out to me and say, ‘Hey, Jon, we want to take care of you to take on some bigger guys.’ And I’ll oblige.”