Jon Jones: I've already fought a lot tougher opponents than Vitor Belfort

Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones (left) fights Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

He's not cocky, he's just confident.

Vitor Belfort may have had his first professional fight when UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was just nine-years-old watching cartoons but that doesn't mean "Bones" hasn't quickly caught up to "The Phenom" in strength of schedule.

Jones believes in his 17 career bouts, he's already gone up against much stronger competition than Belfort in his 30.

"Me and Vitor Belfort are from different generations of fighting. I really believe that in my short career, I've already fought a lot tougher opponents than he has. I feel like I've had more championship caliber fights than he has. I'm ready. I'm just really excited to fight Vitor Belfort, mainly because he's a southpaw. The last time I fought a southpaw was Lyoto (Machida) and I got punched pretty good. I'm really anxious to do a better job against another dangerous southpaw and to look better than what I looked before against Lyoto. He's a boxer/jiu-jitsu fighter. His versatility is not as good as mine. Where he lacks versatility he does have experience and physical strength. He's a winner, I'm a winner. He's a dominant guy, I believe that I dominated my competition. It's going to be a magnificent display of mixed martial arts."

The two are scheduled to square off at UFC 152 on Sat., Sept. 22, 2012, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and if we're to believe Jones, we're in for a real treat.

We shall see.

After the jump, hear more from the champ on why you should bother to care about a fight no one wanted to see.

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