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Jon Jones Credits Anthony Smith on His Improvement Ahead of UFC 235

February 22, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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MMAjunkie recently spoke to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Below are some highlights. He will face Anthony Smith for the title at UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas.

Jon Jones on his goals: “I keep arguing with myself whether I’m going to go once a quarter or just three times this year. My goal is to be active. Usually my feet hurt after fights because I’m a heavy kicker. Hopefully I’ll be able to get right back to training and just stay active. That’s my goal.”

Jon Jones on starting camp for Anthony Smith: “When the camp started I didn’t know anything about him, really. Now that I’ve been studying him I see he’s a worthy opponent. To everyone else, he’s this gigantic underdog, but I take him very seriously. He’s done some nice things in his past fights and he has my full attention. My goal is to finish the fight and dominate him, but I give him my full respect and he’s ready to be in this position. I’m excited for a good challenge.”

His thoughts on Anthony Smith: “I think right now he’s just on a nice win streak. That’s the improvement is he’s got a win streak. With that being said, I’m on like a 10-year win streak. I give him full credit and respect, but I don’t doubt myself.”

Jon Jones on trying not to worry about his opponents: “I try not to look at these guys. I try not to worry about these guys. I’ve just got to believe in myself, my own capability, my own story line and know that at the end of the day, they’re just pieces of a big puzzle. I don’t make this stuff personal. I’ve fought very great people, and when you’re sitting on top of the throne you’ve just got to take the next challenger, and that’s what I’ve always been here to do. Whoever comes, I’ll be ready. My goal is to be the best ever and be the most dominant champion in UFC history. We know what my goals are.”

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