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Added Time Off Gave Jon Jones Opportunity To Improve

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones uttered some words Thursday during a press conference that likely sent chills through the rest of the 205-pound division.

Jones will defend his title Saturday night against Vitor Belfort at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort.

After having his UFC 151 fight cancelled, “Bones” didn’t take anytime off from training, working right through and improving his overall skills. Jones is seeking his fourth successful title defense vs. Belfort, and is fighting his fifth straight UFC champion.

“I went into the Dan Henderson fight 100-percent prepared to go through five grueling rounds,” Jones said. “Having the fight canceled, I had to switch up a lot of things I was working on. (But) I’ve given myself a four-week bonus of training time, and that’s pushed me to a different level.”

Some refer to Jones as the top fighter in the world, and the champion himself said that he believes he is now “faster than ever, quicker than ever. My technique and game play is really, really set in stone.”

Since winning the belt from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Jones has toppled Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans. The division record for consecutive title defenses is five, set by Tito Ortiz.

As a reminder, FightLine will be providing ongoing, live coverage of the entire event Saturday night, along with pre- and post-fight information.