Lost amongst the chaos of UFC 100 is the fact that the organization decided to use this stage to display one of their hottest fighters. Tomorrow, Jon Jones will be entering the Octagon for only the third time, however he fully intends on leaving it with a prefect 9-0 MMA record.
Sure he’s not on the televised portion of the monumental event, but how many other fighters that have barely reached the legal drinking age find themselves in the biggest MMA promotion in history?
And that is exactly why Jones is there. Many MMA insiders, as well as UFC brass, believe that he has the potential to be the future-Fedor Emelianenko of this weight class.
“Awesome is probably the perfect word to describe this kid,” UFC president Dana White said. “He does some things that make you look at the person next to you and go, ‘Did you just see that?’ But at the same time, he hasn’t been fighting that long.”
Although the youngster has some nasty raw talent, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Emelianenko spent years building up his resume to establish himself as the world’s best mixed martial artist.
Jones is only getting started, but the good news is that he knows he has a long way to go.
“I’m still learning how to fight, but I’m learning on a really big stage,” Jones said. “I’m creating my own funky, unique style. I’m out there trying to survive, and I don’t realize how cool things look until I see them later.”
At this point, surviving isn’t a major concern as he is set to face Jake O’Brien at UFC 100. He’s been practically winging it thus far, so what’s one more fight.
“I didn’t want to waste my God-given ability,” Jones said. “I see some of the things I do, and I wonder where they come from. I just react and things happen.”
Things are happening for him now and with a convincing win on Saturday, Jones could very well be the youngest UFC fighter to legitimately contend for the company’s most coveted strap.