UFC Quick Quote: Jon Jones already has blueprints to defeat Lyoto Machida

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"It's interesting because everyone keeps asking me, 'how are you going to solve Lyoto Machida's puzzle?' But it's been solved already. I have blueprints. I really think I have more technique than he does, more skills, more tools. I can fight southpaw and do the same exact techniques and combos that I can do in an orthodox stance. That's something that he can't do. I have a really solid ground game. I have a third degree black belt in wrestling, even though that's not possible. I'm a strong wrestler. I really feel as if I'm the one that he should be worried about."

-- Tip: If you get the chance to ask UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones a question before this Sat., Dec. 10, 2011, don't ask him how he'll solve the Lyoto Machida puzzle. Because that's already been done, you see, by Mauricio Rua, who obliterated "The Dragon" back at UFC 113 in May 2010. Jones, of course, won the 205-pound strap by destroying "Shogun." MMA math notwithstanding, "Bones" need look no further "Machida vs. Shogun" to see exactly what it is he needs to do to defeat the crafty Brazilian. Hell, even Quinton Jackson took a split decision from the Karate king. "Rampage," of course, was Jones' first light heavyweight title defense. Does this all add up to another successful trip to the Octagon for the youngest champion in UFC history this weekend in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at UFC 140? Or are we headed right back for the "Machida Era?" Opinions, please.

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