Jon 'Bones' Jones: It's not who you know, it's how hard you work

I kind of had the impression they gave Stephan (Bonnar) the fight against me to give him a good comeback fight, fighting a guy who's inexperienced. I didn't want to be anyone's stepping stone so I decided to reach out and grab this opportunity and make Stephan Bonnar my stepping stone ... I knew beating Stephan would be gigantic for me. I believe you really don't need the biggest name coaches to be successful in your career. I'm out here in a little small town in upstate New York, there is no one on my coaching staff you've ever heard of, but we know how to work hard and we know how to push ourselves. We proved it. You don't need the big names to be successful.

Electrifying light heavyweight prospect Jon Jones talks to host Larry Pepe on MMAmania.com’s exclusive presentation of Pro MMA Radio regarding his impressive win over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 "St. Pierre vs. Penn 2" on January 31. The national Junior College Champion out of Iowa Central Community College dropped out of school to pursue a career in mixed martial arts and is dispelling the myth that you have to align yourself with one of the big name training camps in order to be successful in MMA. It's hard to argue with a guy who continues to consistently perform at his level at just 21 years of age.

For the audio replay of Jones' appearance click here.

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