Jon Jones is one of the best trash talkers in the UFC, but that doesn't mean he can't show a little humility now and again.
The UFC Light Heavyweight champion has admitted that coming into his bout with Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson, he's going to be much weaker in some areas. Jones told a crowd at a press conference ahead of the upcoming fight in May that he's going to be a obvious disadvantage when it comes to the power behind his punches.
Speaking about 'Rumble' he said that he: "has much more striking power than I do. That's pretty obvious...'Rampage' said I couldn't bust a grape, and I think that is true."
"I haven't knocked out anything."
Will power even matter?
The power difference between the two is undeniable, especially if you look at their previous fights. Jones is one of the smartest fighters in the UFC and works hard at adapting to his opponent's strengths.
While on the other hand, 'Rumble' has been blitzing his opponents like Alexander Gustafsson and Antonio 'Little Nog' Nogueria with brutal knockouts and stoppages. Yet things won't be as easy as just shutting down his punching game either, as while 'Rumble' can hit like a truck, he's also a very capable grappler, which he showed in his beat down of Phil Davis, in his return to the UFC.
Jones also won't have the huge reach and size advantage he had over Daniel Cormier either. Heading into that fight Jones had a 12 inch reach advantage and at 6ft 4, had a five inch height advantage over Cormier. This time, his reach advantage is just six inches and at 6ft 2, Johnson won't be as easy to bully around the ring like Cormier was.
Jones is 'the man' for a reason
Yet if you needed anyone to game plan a fight for you, you'd pick Jones and his team. He is one of most cerebral fighters in the world and his talent for taking an opponent's strength and beating them with it is unparalleled.
Jones may act humble and act like he doesn't have much power, but this could simply be a ploy into Johnson underestimating his strikes. He's changed many fights with just one strike and it's the way he picks his moments with such aplomb that has seen him overcome tough fights like his war with Alexander Gustafsson.