Jon Jones Says He's Excited to Face Alexander Gustafsson
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.17.2013
It's the kind of fight he's wanted...
Jon Jones recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. Check out the highlights:
On improving his skills: "I'm a white belt in jiu-jitsu. I just got a new boxing coach. I'm learning so much about angles now. My eyes have been so opened, like a new baby. I'm just really excited to show the MMA community how much better I've gotten at mixed martial arts. I think a lot time people feel as if because I've done so good already that I can't get better or it's time for other people to catch up with me. That's just not fair to me, and it's not my psychology."
On the fight with Gustafsson: "I'm definitely very excited. This fight, for me, it's everything I wanted. I made it very clear to everyone what I was looking for, and it's all happening. To fight a guy like Alexander Gustafsson, it's a fight I asked for to be able to close the debate of which light heavyweight was the most successful or the most dominant. I think I'll close the debate with this win. I think I'll also close the debate that the reason why I was so dominant is only because of my size and my reach advantage. So I feel like I'm closing two chapters with one fight, and that's huge for me, so I'm very excited. I'm very fired up about this one."
On a fight with Glover Teixeira: "I'm not thinking about Glover at all. I hope he enjoys watching the fight."
On his future as an athlete: "I'm still really young. I think people forget that this is only my sixth year as a pro fighter. I'm just really excited to show people that I'm still very much a kid in a way when it comes to MMA. My enthusiasm for the sport and the learning curve is still just in the beginning stages. There's just so much more for me to learn. We're always doing things better and getting better at the sport. People just think for some reason it's time for the new guy to catch up to me. Who said I slowed down?"