UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones trains in New Mexico with Greg Jackson, but he remains true to his East Coast roots.
Jones, born in New York, will compete in New Jersey this weekend at UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen against Chael Sonnen. For now, that’s as close as he can get to fighting in his home state, as MMA is currently banned on a pro level.
The UFC continues to work hard to get it passed through the chain of command, and has made it known they would like to have a 20th anniversary show in November at world-famous Madison Square Garden.
Jones, during a recent conference call, made it known he would love to be part of that event – if the sport is allowed to enter MSG. He will be part of open workouts at the arena later this week.
“MSG is the mecca for fighting I believe,” Jones said. “Muhammad Ali got to fight there, Mike Tyson got to fight there. I am honored to get to do open workouts at the Garden. It is a dream of mine.
“To fight there would mean a lot.”
Jones also stated his desires to remain champion and one of the highest-grossing fighters stems from his brothers being in the NFL. Both Arthur and Chandler are key players on two of the top pro football teams – the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.
“There is a lot of cross-marketing going on between me and my brothers,” Jones said. “What drives me is not to be the lesser brother, the brother who didn’t quite make it, who needs to borrow money 10 years from now. That really, really drives me to show that a UFC fighter can have the type of success an NFL player can have, if not more.”