No disrespect to the Prodigy, BJ Penn, but Jon Jones is something else. This guy has gotten a ton of interest from fans and sports writers alike. If you look at his record and the guys he's beaten with ease, it's easy to see why.
With veterans such as Stephen Bonnar, Brandon Vera, and Vladimir Matyushenko under his belt and one loss that really doesn't count (disqualified for throwing illegal elbows), Jon Jones is another type of prodigy.
At 11-1, Jones is set to take on Ryan Bader, who is coming off a decision win over Rogerio Nogueira. Jones is not your average fighter. He doesn't come off as a cocky guy who thinks he's going to get in the cage and beat down his opponents because he believes in himself. He dedicates himself to hard work by improving himself and also by studying his opponents.
â€œI want to get to know Ryan Bader as if I was his coach or his trainer. I want to know what his tendencies are, what punch he throws the most, what makes him want to shoot his double-leg, where is his mental security blanket is in the Octagon. You know, where does he like to shoot? Does he like to shoot in the middle of the cage or against the cage? Every time I watch a fight I pick up something different. I just like to study. Thereâ€™s a quote that says, â€˜If you know yourself and you know your opponent, you shouldnâ€™t fear the results of 100 battles.â€™ Just really being prepared gives you a lot of confidence.â€
Jones has spotted holes in Bader's game and if you're Bader, you best be patching up your game or a smart fighter like Jones will pick you apart.
It's going to be an interesting fight, not just in the viewing standpoint, but from what this will mean for the Light Heavyweight division. With another win, Bader or Jones will be on their way to a title match and certainly be the face of the Light Heavyweight division for years to come.
Source: MMA Bay