Jon Jones heads into his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 next weekend with the UFC light heavyweight championship on the line.
Jones, who is the current interim title holder at that weight, says he is keeping his eyes fully on the prize as we get ever closer to the pay-per-view in Las Vegas, something he claims that Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor didn't.
Both Rousey and McGregor suffered humiliating losses in the past half a year, each their first in the UFC, and 'Bones' claims that he knows the exact reason why.
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According to the 27-year-old fighter, McGregor and Rousey both believed their own hype too much and let it go to their heads that they were so much better than anyone else in the UFC. That was their downfall.
"Ronda Rousey, they were saying she's the best fighter of all time and best athlete in the world, stuff like that and I was happy for her to hear those types of accolades, but once I realized that maybe she was starting to believe it herself, I knew she was in a dangerous spot," Jones claimed recently.
He then moved onto McGregor, who he called foolish.
"Conor McGregor saying these things about just being the baddest dude and 'I'll beat anybody at any weight class,' that's foolish stuff. When you believe the hype to that level, that's when you're in danger."
According to Jones, the reason he has been so successful is because of the amount of times he gets knocked down a peg in training.
Yes, the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, with one dumb DQ loss on his record, regularly gets knocked and taken down during training. Maybe if McGregor and Rousey had that they wouldn't have lost to Diaz and Holm, respectively.