Jonny “Bones” Jones is readying himself for arguably the stiffest test of his young career, as he’ll be facing off against MMA veteran Quinton “Rampage” Jackson tomorrow night in his first light heavyweight title defense.
Speaking with Bas Rutten on Inside MMA, the 24-year-old champion discussed what Jackson – a former champion – brings to the table in challenging for the belt.
“Rampage is very dangerous. He is very dangerous,” said Jones. “He has the power to knock you out with the left hand or the right hand. I’m sure he could throw high kicks if he put his mind to it. He’s an athlete, he knows what he’s doing. He’s very experienced, he’s been around the game for a very long time, and just his experience and his hand power is what makes him most dangerous, I would say.”
Bones believes that his unorthodoxy and overall eclecticism will be his saving grace against Rampage, whom he sees as being too one-dimensional these days to hang with him.
“Well I think that I have a lot of options in this fight,” he said. “Rampage is worried about the takedown, I can use set-ups to set up other things. There are so many different things I can do. … Basically, my unpredictability will be my biggest tool in this fight.”
Jones and Jackson will square off tomorrow night at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado in the main event of UFC 135. Don’t forget to check back on FightLine.com starting at 6:30p.m. ET for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.