Talented wrestler promising to smash him on fight night?
Nothing new for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. But while tensions are running high for the UFC 182 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, much like they did for his Rashad Evans fight, "Bones" thinks his Daniel Cormier grudge match has a little more in common with a certain retired "Gangster."
From his conversation with MMA Fighting:
"I wouldn't say this feels like the Rashad fight. It actually feels closer to the Chael Sonnen fight. Chael Sonnen had a job commentating and broadcasting. He's a very good talker, and he has a way of making people believe. Daniel, he definitely has a great skill set and he's undefeated, but I think some of the things he says and the way he can relay a message verbally almost makes people believe in him a little bit more. No disrespect to Chael. Big fan of Chael, I really developed a respect for Chael. But Chael was very good at the antics and saying things that just aren't true. For him to say he's going to make it look easy, I know for a fact he doesn't believe that in his heart. How can you say that? I don't know what he's seeing in my footage of my fights, but to say he believes he'll win is one thing. To say he'll make it look easy is just, it's like saying I can fly. It holds no weight. He's trying to make himself believe. Talk himself into just believing some of the crazy things he's been saying. I believe ultimately when it comes fight night, he's going to look back on everything he said and it's just going to create more pressure for him."
Sonnen was bagged and tagged in the first round.
Outside of a close fight against Alexander Gustafsson in late 2013, Jones (20-1) has yet to look vulnerable inside the cage. The same could be said for Cormier, undefeated at 15-0, who also ran the table at heavyweight before dropping down to 205 pounds and knocking around senior citizens.