UFC Quick Quote: Jon Jones vs Rampage Jackson fight for a belt no one has ever worn before

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"As a warrior I think it's dangerous to become obsessed with accolades and belts and rank and stature. I think it's more about the day-to-day lifestyle of being a warrior. I don't think there's really, when it comes to fighting, there's really no destination; it's really about the journey. If I had my choice, I probably wouldn't even touch the belt before the fight and I probably won't touch the belt before the fight. It's something that's in my past already. I beat Shogun and that has absolutely nothing to do with beating Rampage Jackson. I kind of feel as if there is no champion in this fight. It's two guys looking to win a belt that no one has ever worn before and I'm destined to bring that belt home."

-- Mauricio Rua beat Quinton Jackson and Jon Jones beat Mauricio Rua therefore Jon Jones will beat Quinton Jackson, right? Wrong. Jones, who will defend his light heavyweight championship against Jackson at UFC 135 on Sept. 24 in Denver, doesn't believe in MMA math and is pushing the memory of his title winning performance against "Shogun" out of his mind. In fact, he's going the full nine yards in that regard in saying (via UFC.com) he won't even touch the belt he won back at UFC 128 in New Jersey. That would take away from the weight of his upcoming showdown against one of the top 205-pound fighters in the world, so he's keeping a Bill Belicheck-esque attitude -- every fight is the most important fight, every game is the Super Bowl. But will "Bones'" warrior mentality matter come fight night at the Pepsi Center in Colorado?

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