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Jon Jones: People can learn a lot from Conor McGregor, including myself

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For as many critics that love to pile it on Conor McGregor for his pre-fight antics, there are just as many supporters who love what the fiery Irishman has to offer the mixed martial arts (MMA) world.

Among them is former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who says a lot of people can learn a thing or two from "Notorious."

Himself included.

"Conor McGregor is phenomenal for the sport. I love his psychology," Jones tells ESNEWS. "I think he's a fighter that a lot of other people can learn from, including myself."

Aside from psychological warfare, professor McGregor has also given a few lessons on how to sell a fight and your brand.

Or is it a repeat course?

Nevertheless, Conor has parlayed his tactics into a lightweight title fight against division kingpin, Rafael dos Anjos, at UFC 197 on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada (details). A bout that came just a few short months after he claimed the featherweight strap with a vicious knockout over Jose Aldo (video).

As for Jones, he will attempt to get his 205-pound title back, as he is expected to face off against current kingpin, Daniel Cormier, later this year.

Just don't expect it to go down in New York.

Should he get through "DC," Jones already has his next couple of moves mapped out, which includes another "Rumble" at 205 pounds before potentially bolting to heavyweight (but only under this condition).

"Daniel Cormier to get my belt back, then maybe Anthony Johnson, then a move to heavyweight," he concluded.

Sounds like "Bones" isn't giving Ryan Bader much of a chance in his fight against "Rumble" at this weekend's (Sat., Jan., 30, 2016) UFC on FOX 18 event in Newark, New Jersey (fight card here).