Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones reacts to beating Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
We're less than three weeks away until UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones attempts to defend his title for the third time against former Pride middleweight and light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson at UFC 151 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
There hasn't been much trash talk between the two competitors. That is, until now.
"Bones" sent the opening volley earlier today, claiming that he wants to be the first man to ever stop "Hendo" via strikes in a pre-fight interview with UFC.com.
"It'll be like walking into a dark room. He won't know what to expect. A lot of the random stuff that I do, I feel very confident that I'm gonna be the first guy to TKO him. I'm gonna slowly and methodically hit him one hit at a time until he decides that his body's hurting and he wants the fight to be over. Nature will take its course."
Is the young gun getting overconfident?
If not for Jones, it likely would have been Dan Henderson who won the 2011 "Fighter of the Year" award as the 41 year old knocked out Rafael Cavalcante to win the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight championship, stopped Fedor Emelianenko via strikes and then won the 2011 Fight of the Year against former UFC champion Mauricio Rua.
Despite Henderson's incredible accomplishments, Jones refuses to be intimidated.
"Dan Henderson is just another tough guy. He's not some mythical figure to me. If Dan Henderson thinks he's gonna be the guy to take my belt, he's got another thing coming. I will remain the UFC's light heavyweight champion."
So what do you think, Maniacs?
Is Jones getting too big for his britches? Or is this simple self-confidence, not arrogance? Will he defend his title for a fourth time?