As a big Jon Jones fans
i can only speculate on what he said and why he said it. And for that matter, we all can only speculate.
I know he has a lot of respect for Shogun, who he reffered to as one of the best fighters in the world, so i dont think there is a problem in that department.
He sounds like a very very confident man. I don't know if it's "too confident", because he said something like this before fighting Bader and he backed it up.
Even though Shogun is 5 levels above Bader in terms of talent and skills.
I think Jones trully believes he can win the belt. I think it's a great attitude. The reality is - he has nothing to lose, if he doesn't win the belt. .
The people who doubt him now, will doubt him even more and say: "told you so" or "i knew it".
And his fans, like yours trully
, will still back him up.
At 23, he is still very young in this sport. And yet, here he is, 4 years after becoming a MMA fighter, fighting for the LHW title against a living legend - why wouldn't you be confident?!
There is a saying: "doubt is the cause of failure
". There is no room for doubt before a fight like this.
Imo, there is a very psychological and meditative side to Jones. In his intrviews, in his fights, the stare down at the weigh-ins - stuff like that. It's how he "operates".
And something else: this was shot for the fight preview. I don't think fighters are encouraged to say something like: "maybe i will win" or "i will give my best and see what happens". It's better to have a guy say something like: "i will beat him" and other stuff, especially the challenger.
Annyway, looking forward to this fight.
I think Jones is gonna be the LHW champ, by Saturday night!
PS: my one year old sig prediction will become true