Jon Jones (left) shows exactly why he feels so comfortable fighting from distance.
"I always knew that I would fight Lyoto one day. Lyoto's a great opponent, man, he's game. I think he takes this sport seriously. I think he's unpredictable, he's fast. Lyoto loves distance and I love distance but I have the longer limbs and I believe I'm just as fast. So if Lyoto wants to play the distance game with me, I think that's going to be awesome. ... I will defeat Lyoto Machida. I believe that it's my destiny to be UFC champion for many years."
-- UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones thinks (via UFC.com) that it would be "awesome" if Lyoto Machida, the number one contender to his title, tries to fight him using distance when the two lock horns at UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. That's because Jones feels like he's just as fast as Machida but his "bones" are much longer, giving him the natural advantage. "The Dragon" has to move in and out to score with effective offense, while the champion can simply stay on the outside and use his freakish length to control the contest. That's not necessarily what he's going to do come fight night but at the very least, he'll be prepared if that's what Machida wants to do. Jones is prepared for anything, in fact, because he feels as though it is "his destiny" to hold the 205-pound title for "many years" to come. Any Maniacs out there picking the Brazilian for the upset? Or do we all agree with Jones that the belt is going to stay with him for a while?