Jon Jones has taken the place of Lyoto Machida as the future of the UFC 205-pound division, as “Bones” will defend the light heavyweight championship against “The Dragon” when they meet at UFC 140 on December 10.
Jones, who successfully defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in his first title defense since taking the crown from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, doesn’t feel like Machida has the same mystique he carried before suffering his first career loss to Rua.
“We’re not fighting the undefeated Lyoto Machida anymore. I’ve watched him lose several rounds now through studying and I just happen to have two coaches that are southpaws now as well, so there’s a lot of knowledge in my camp about fighting guys with opposite stances,” said Jones, in an interview with The Fight Network while promoting UFC 140 last week (thanks to MMAMania for transcribing). “We feel comfortable, we feel as if there’s been some blueprints laid out. Obviously, we will come up with our own blueprint, take from what we’ve seen and make it an even greater defeat. We’re excited. We’re up to the challenge.”
Jones will be fighting for a fourth time this year, while Machida has been off since defeating Randy Couture with a first round knockout.