UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has made just one title defense since securing the title from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua earlier this year, but he is starting to feel right at home being called champion.
Jones, who will defend his 205-pound title against Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 on December 10, made his professional debut just over three years ago. The rise to stardom on a world-level has come quickly for “Bones.”
“When I joined this sport, I always envisioned wanting to be the best and trying to be the champion,” said Jones, at a pre-fight press conference earlier this week. “Now that I’m here, I kind of have this feeling that I’m right where I’m supposed to be and right where I’ve worked to be. I feel comfortable with everything that is happening.”
In Machida, Jones will be facing his third opponent this year. Along with toppling Rua for the belt, he also defeated former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. “The Dragon” is an ex-UFC champ, as well.
Fame, money and the gold belt haven’t changed Jones; however, he has learned to be a little more careful with what he says in public.
“The only negative that has happened is I need to be more careful with the words that I say. That’s the only difference,” Jones said. “Outside of that, I’m a pretty happy guy.”