UFC 140 Conference Call: Jon Jones fearless ahead of Lyoto Machida fight

Reigning Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones will put his title on the line when he meets Lyoto Machida in the UFC 140 headlining bout, set to take place December 10th from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Also featured will be a Heavyweight rematch between Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the co-main event, as well as a Light Heavyweight showdown pitting Tito Ortiz against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Below are highlights from today’s UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida Conference Call, which included headliners Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida, as well as Frank Mir, Tito Ortiz and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (via MMAMania.com):

Jon Jones

• The biggest difference was i had to find a lot of southpaws to work with and what I basically did was use the guys that I already had and I had to mimic their styles to the best of my ability. Everything else has been pretty much the same. I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve trained better and I eat better and I picked up the knowledge of the Ryan Bader camp, the Shogun camp and the Rampage camp and I’ve picked up so much and everything is in order.

• I try not to worry. Lyoto is a new challenge and you have nothing to fear when you’re prepared. Know yourself and know your opponent and that’s the mentality I have. When you do your work and you study, you have no fear.

Lyoto Machida

• I brought in Glover Teixeira, a Heavyweight, and “King Mo” Lawal. We’ve created a whole strategy. Having those guys around me has really helped.

• It’s something that happens. There’s ups and downs at points. I’ve learned a lot from winning the title and losing it and then losing to Rampage. I’m a completely different fighter now.

Frank Mir

• The UFC came forward and offered me the fight. There was a lot of words and circumstances surrounding the last victory as far as illnesses from Nogueira’s camp. I think that anytime, if they can explain their performance, if you’ve got an injured hand, maybe that’s why you couldn’t box more. You may not have performed 100 percent because of an injury, but you can’t blame a loss on the injury.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

• For the last fight, we had more distractions and we’d just finished the show a couple months before in Vegas and it was hard to train over there. When I came to Brazil, I didn’t feel like the camp was really good. I feel more powerful, more explosive and more confident now. I’m more focused on what I’m doing and I’ve got my sparring partners and been able to train the way I wanted. I feel this camp is better than the last one and I know Frank’s improved since the last time I fought him, but I’m in shape and I’m ready to go and I’m excited to fight.

Tito Ortiz

• Being healthy is great… My wrestling is snapping now and it’s easier to get the single, double legs and body locks that put my neck in jeopardy. It’s tough to get my wrestling back to that level again. My wrestling is not as good but my boxing is better. I’ve been in this game almost 15 years now and my body has taken some damage. Cardio-wise, my timing for my boxing and my kickboxing, I think I’ve done it for this fight and I’ve done it the right way.

Photo: Francis Specker



7 Comments

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    HoustonsOwn

    December 1, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    If Machida doesn’t chop at his legs… Jones will be overbearing from afar.

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    Nemesis

    December 2, 2011 at 1:33 am

    I like jones…but Machida is my second favorite fighter and i want him to show that technique and skill can best an opponent with a definitive size/athleticism advantage(martial arts)

    I don’t think enough people respect machida right now

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    ChaddyShaq

    December 2, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Agreed… ppl are not respecting Machida and mabey people are giving too much respect to Jones. which makes this an interesting fight and I don’t know that Jon Jones is more athletic than Machida mabey just athletic in differnt ways in my opinion Machida takes this one by decision but i assume that Machida’s game plan will be to play a boring style of game and win on points.

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    Bruce Lee

    December 2, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I think Jone’s natural athleticism takes him very far with striking and moving. His wrestling and strength is also amazing. I suspect the area where there is the greatest gap is in BJJ. I think Lyoto will try and control the distance but IF it goes to the ground I hope Lyoto goes for a submission.

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    Anwar

    December 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    tito ccoming up with the excuses already

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    MAMBA24ILL

    December 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Mir – ” you can’t blame a loss on the injury.” SMFH
    Tito always talks about the same shit all the time.

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    en09si

    December 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I really wanna see JBJ KO’d, I don’t know why? I tell myself it’s because he’s ****y and a douche. I mean he is, but it’s probably just my jealousy talking. Even so, Jones too is a great poster boy for technique. Undoubtably his size helps him, but he’s the ‘new MMA artist’, the guy who knows lots of different techniques so can pull lots of things out of the bag. Not to mention he’s a great example of how a game-plan can be implemented effectively to completely neutralise a guy. A bit like GSP in a way. Jones destroys guys despite not really having any real KO power, it’s just an accumulation of accurate striking and sustained damage to concentrated areas. Less like GSP in that way…..

    And yeah you’re right, people don’t respect Machida enough, he’s got losses against Shogun (who’s a beast) and Rampage (which might aswell have been a draw it was that close – and Rampage is also a tank). This is a make or break fight though, coming off 2 losses bolstered by a win against an old Randy will be made to look a whole lot worse if you add another loss onto that streak. I hope he does it because I love the guy and I’d hate to see him become irrelevant in the division suddenly.

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