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"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." – Sir Isaac Newton

Many people would describe UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones as a natural athlete, a devastating fighter, and a future champion. But only one word seems to truly encompass Jones when speaking with the young 23-year-old from New York.

Humble.

Jones has had praise heaped upon him from other fighters, commentators, and journalists alike for his performances in the UFC, but to hear him tell it, he politely accepts the compliments and then goes back to ask his trainers to teach him to be better than he already is.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=12137&zoneid=2

Excellent interview. Jones is so young, yet so mature. Great respect for the man.

"I think once you start to think that you're the man, and you know it all, and your style is unbeatable and stzuff like that, that's when you get caught and clipped, and get humbled really fast," Jones told MMAWeekly Radio in a recent interview.

It's that realization that allows Jones to win fights, say thank you, and then look back on what he did right and what he did wrong, no matter how many people have crowned him the next big thing.

Don't mistake Jones' humility for lack of confidence. Now training out of Greg Jackson's gym in New Mexico, he's gaining maturity and confidence every day. He's starting to believe in himself more and more, and that's a dangerous thing for any opponent that steps in the cage with him.

"The biggest thing is that I'm getting more confident with each fight," Jones explained. "Just becoming more experienced with each fight. It's just exciting, I can sit home and watch my own fights and realize what I'm not doing good, and what I'm doing good. I'm just a real student of the sport."

The student is excelling faster than many other fighters in his weight class, but don't ask Jones how far away he is from a title shot, or when he'd like to face the champion. He's still happy learning and progressing, and that's enough for now.

"There's just so much to learn in mixed martial arts. I haven't even fought a Top 10 guy yet, so I can't really start to think that I've made it," he told MMAWeekly.com.

Training with some of the best in his weight class along with those bigger and smaller than him has made Jones the sharpest he's ever been as he heads into his fight with Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC on Versus 2 in San Diego.

"Right now, I feel sharper than ever," said Jones. "My ground game from the bottom, and ground passes from top, boxing, kicks are more proper, going back to my wrestling. I just feel sharp all around."

Jones knows that all the hype in the world doesn't equal victories in the UFC, and it's that very mindset that has already made him one of the most intelligent and likeable fighters in the game.

He may not be calling himself the best, but Jon Jones seems destined for greatness. He just wants to get there on accomplishment, and nothing else.
http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=12137&zoneid=2

So young, yet so mature. Great respect for him.
 

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This guy is climbing the rankings of my personal favorites so fast. Everytime I read an interview with him I just appreciate him more, and even more than that with each fight.

It's pretty cool... with guys like Jones, McDonald, Hathaway... and a few others that are escaping me right now, we are truly seeing the next evolution of MMA. It's exciting.
 

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As long as he doesn't go off the rails I have no doubts in my mind that he will be a UFC Champion.

What he has is a natural talent for combat sports.

If he beats the janitor then a top10 opponent must be next. if he loses then I see him coming back even stronger to prove he wasn't just hype.

WAR BONES
 

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The guy is so humble and he does not let anything go to his head. Met him once and talked with him for like a half hour and he never once came across as arrogant or that he was better than me... you know other than the fact that I knew that he could kill me without even a thought. Anyways we talked about MMA obviously and he has so much respect for all other fighters... aside from Bader though. He is so respectful and it just firmly planted in my head he will remain down to earth for the rest of his career and always continue to learn.
 

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Why doesn't he like bader?
Well I don't know. I don;t know if he doesn't like him or anything but we were talking about upcoming fights and who would be at the top here soon and I brought up Bader and he gave me this funny look and was like "really?" in a mocking sort of way. I don't remember the conversation exactly but I think we changed the subject and started talking about his win over Jardine and how Jones was not impressed with his striking or wrestling.

So I really do not know if he does not like him as a person or fighter or just because he beat Jardine his team mate or what... just that he was not respecftul towards Bader when we talked about him.
 

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I feel that Jones has evolved dramatically in the past year, since joining Team Jackson. There is no doubt he is a huge talent and has the desire to become a great in this sport. Combine that with one of the best camps in the world and you could say...only sky is the limit!!! Humble, more mature and evolved. I think he is on the right path. I really loved what he said when he was a guest on ESPN's MMA Live:
"If youre gonna be nervous to do it, don't do it. But if you're gonna do it...don't be nervous." :thumb02:
I expect my sig to become a reality and i think it definitely will. :thumb02:
 
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