Jonny “Bones” Jones did it big over the weekend, earning himself an impromptu title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by dominating and eventually submitting the very tough Ryan Bader in their UFC 126 bout.
After he proved once again that the massive hype he has generated during his 6-1 run in the UFC is justified, Jones was surprised in-cage with an offer to step in for his recently-injured teammate Rashad Evans in a title fight against Rua. UFC color man Joe Rogan presented Jones with the opportunity, which he accepted and said later during the post-fight press conference was a complete surprise.
“I did hear about Rashad being injured, but I had no clue I would get a title shot,” Jones admitted.
Evans was scheduled to fight Rua in the main event of UFC 128 this March 19th, and Jones’ meeting with the champ will keep that date. Though he will only have six weeks to ready himself for the biggest fight of his life, Jones is not worried about showing up to take on Rua unconditioned or unprepared, as he is still running strong from his training camp for Bader and will have an extra six weeks to train and study tactics.
“I usually spend my camp getting in shape, but I’m already in shape,” Jones said. “[Greg Jackson] wants me to calm down. He said he can’t have me peak for six more weeks. But I’m not taking time off. Maybe physically I’ll take some time off, but I have a lot of studying to do. Six weeks is more than enough time, especially since I already have a six pack.”
UFC 126 went down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada last Saturday night. Jones will fight for the title this March at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.