UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been inside the Octagon with all four fighters who will comprise the main and co-main events for Saturday’s UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera card. In fact, “Bones” has defeated all four men.
In the main event, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will take on Brandon Vera, while Lyoto Machida battles Ryan Bader. The card goes down from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
On Twitter Thursday, Jones offered up his take on the four fighters, and how he believes each match will go.
Jones on Rua vs. Vera:
“I got Shogun by decision after a predominant striking match. Vera could make it more interesting if he uses takedowns.”
Jones on Machida vs. Bader:
“I could see Machida stopping the fight, out classing Bader with good foot work and fast strikes. Bader needs to turn it into a brawl.”
The champion, who will meet Dan Henderson in September at UFC 151: Bones vs. Hendo, also added a few comments on the four.
“Out of the four guys Lyoto was the toughest puzzle, brandon had the biggest mouth, bader felt the strongest, shogun lasted the longest.”
Jones did say he was only, “having a little fun,” with the last comment and wished all four fighters good luck. Jones submitted both Bader and Machida, while earning stoppage victories over Rua and Vera.