UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones feels like he isn’t defending the belt when he meets Quinton “Rampage” Jackson later this month.
No, instead, the rising superstar believes each championship fight is for the title.
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage takes place September 24 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
This will be the first time Jones is back inside the cage since taking the UFC crown from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128.
“I beat ‘Shogun’ and that has absolutely nothing to do with beating ‘Rampage’ Jackson,” Jones said. “I kind of feel as if there is no champion in this fight. It’s two guys looking to win a belt that no one has ever worn before and I’m destined to bring that belt home.”
Jones further discussed the title, keeping an every fight is the most important fight attitude.
“As a warrior, I think it’s dangerous to become obsessed with accolades and belts and rank and stature,” Jones said. “I think it’s more about the day-to-day lifestyle of being a warrior. I don’t think there’s really, when it comes to fighting, there’s really no destination; it’s really about the journey.
“If I had my choice, I probably wouldn’t even touch the belt before the fight and I probably won’t touch the belt before the fight. It’s something that’s in my past already.”
Since Chuck Liddell defended the UFC light heavyweight title three times during his last stint as champion from 2005-06, only Jackson and Lyoto Machida have successfully defended the title.