At UFC 239, Jon Jones will look to defend his light heavyweight title once again when he takes on Thiago Santos. “Marreta” is 3-0 at 205 pounds in the UFC, with each of his victories coming by knockout or technical knockout.
There is no question Santos has power, but the champion is not worried about that at all. “Bones” counters that everyone has knockout potential under the right circumstances.
“No, I’m not worried about him at all… A lot of people hit hard. Everybody has the power to knock out anybody. My manager could knock me out if I let him punch me in the face. It is being smart enough to land that punch,” Jones said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I’m not worried about heavy hitters. Everyone hits hard. The fighters that concern me the most are the most intelligent fighters, the guys who can set up those punches or set up solid game plans.
“So, I’m not too worried about Thiago. I’ve fought many guys with big muscles and big knockout power. I’ve been doing that since I was one of the youngest guys in the division. I started doing that at 23 years old. I’m not worried about anything, just have to go out there and have faith in my abilities and my team that’s around me, my intelligence towards the game and everything else will fall into place.”
UFC 239 takes place on July 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.