Before Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen share the Octagon at UFC 159 just hours from now at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the light heavyweight title competitors were forced to endure one final formality:
For mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, the weigh-ins are the last time they will see stand face-to-face (see the staredown pic here) with their opponent before colliding inside the cage. Some fighters are casual when stepping on the scale, others use the moment as one final opportunity to try and intimidate their opponent.
Just moments after successfully making weight, Jones and Sonnen appeared on the FUEL TV weigh-in show to share some finals thoughts on their bout with correspondent Ariel Helwani less than 24-hours away from UFC 159.
First, the current UFC light heavyweight champion "Bones" talked about getting boos by the crowd during weigh-ins and dealing with being a nearly 10-1 favorite against Sonnen on some betting lines.
On Getting Booed:
"I wasn't surprised at all. I really wasn't focused on that, you know? My eyes and my attention are on the fight. My job is to win this fight -- boos, cheers, I saw a lot of people on their feet and that's all that matters."
On Dealing With Being Such A Big Favorite:
"There's a lot that's going on as far as chat and things like that, but that's just the name of the game. There's the entertainers and there's the entertained, and I just got to focus on my job."
The challenger also spoke with Helwani on the FUEL TV weigh-in broadcast, sharing his thoughts on the boos at weigh-ins, the biggest weakness in Jones' game and if he has any doubts going into the fight.
On The Boos:
"I don't ask the crowd for their approval and I don't give a damn either way. It surprised me based on proximity. I thought he was the local guy and would have had a little bit more support out here."
On Jones' Biggest Weakness:
"I think Jon Jones is great, I just know I'm greater. I think Jon's the best, but I'm better. This is where we separate in the Octagon tomorrow night, the better from the best are going to get separated tomorrow night. He's a tough guy, he's got a lot of skills, but so do I. He's the champion from the crappiest division in the UFC, I'm the silver medalist from the toughest division in the UFC."
On Doubts Going Into The Fight:
"I have never been confidant going to the ring. I go out there to do the same thing every time regardless of the opponent whether it's Jon Jones or respectfully against yourself; I'm going to fight hard to the best of my ability. I'm not a bully, I don't pick fights I can go win, I go take on tough guys, I bring my skills and get my hand raised and that's it. This is an asswipping contest on Saturday night. It's going to be my 25 minutes against his 25. Am I tougher than him? Or is he tougher than me? That's what this comes down to."
Just a few more hours until showtime, Maniacs!
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