UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will try for his seventh successful title defense Saturday night at UFC 172 when he meets Glover Teixeira.
Teixeira is on a 20-fight win streak, which includes Octagon victories over Ryan Bader, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and others.
“Glover is a phenomenal opponent with power in both hands, is a great wrestler and hasn’t lost in five years,” said Jones, during an interview on UFC on FOX 11 this weekend. “I am totally up for this amazing challenge.”
While Teixeira’s accolades are well known, those of “Bones” are as well. He’s defeated former UFC champions like Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans and Jackson, along with Chael Sonnen and Alexander Gustafsson.
“I am confident,” he said. “My versatility (is key). I have a very unpredictable game. Half the time I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Since beginning his run with the promotion, not everything has gone in the favor of Jones outside the Octagon. He’s dealt with a run-in with the law, the cancellation of a pay-per-view and a handful of interesting problems over social media posts. That hasn’t stopped him from having fun and enjoying his status.
“I’ve had my ups and downs, but for the most part, I’m enjoying the process,” Jones said. “It’s something I’ll look back on as an old man and think, ‘Wow, how did I do this? How did I put up with this.’
“I love it so much. I feel so alive.”
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