“Rampage”: Jones may be the future but I’m the present
In the latest installment of the “Rampage” Jackson YahooSports blog Jackson goes into details about his physical development as well as his thoughts on his UFC 135 opponent, Jon Jones.
Having moved his camp to Denver Colorado, Rampage has been in isolation training for the past eight or more weeks in preparation for his attempt at regaining the UFC title he lost to Forrest Griffin back at UFC 88 more than three-years ago.
The following are key excerpts from his blog and the full unedited version can be found at the link at the bottom of the entry.
I can’t believe the shape I am in for this fight with Jon Jones next week here in Denver for the UFC 135 main event and light heavyweight title! I’m weighing 221 lbs right now, nine days out. I’ve never been in this kind of shape before. I like it! It feels good not to be like, “Oh, man! Weight cut is next week!” The cut to 205 lbs is going to be easy.
I am ready. But Jon Jones is in the big leagues now, and he’s not ready. He needed this fight in another couple of years’ time. Jon Jones does unpredictable things but, really, we’ve seen it now bro, so it is not unpredictable any more. We’ve seen the spinning elbow four or five times, Jon “Bones” Jones. We’ve all seen it. Maybe Jon Jones is going to get me with some knees – I expect that, it is a fight – but I am gonna get him with my hands, too. You look at those Bambi legs and wonder what happens when I hit him.
Jon Jones is more “elusive” (or whatever that damn word is) than Lyoto Machida! Anyone heard or seen Machida? I need my own spy to just make sure he still actually exists. Before he fought that injured Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Jones was doing a lot of talking in a lot of places. He was signing autographs as “World Champion” even though the fight hadn’t happened, and he was talking a lot about his destiny or something. Jon Jones isn’t saying anything about this fight with me. We’ve not heard nuthin’ from Jon Jones since the fight is announced. For real, he’s disappeared.
I don‘t care if I am in his head or not, or if he’s confident or scared or not, because I am going to do what I have trained to do no matter how he is. If he’s intimidated, he is going to try to take me down – I know he don’t want to mess with me standing anyway. And if he’s confident, let’s do this Jonny Jones!
I know he’s got some great skills and honestly I am impressed how fast he’s learned – he is the future of the division in my opinion, but I am the present. Rampage is the present of the UFC light heavyweight division.
He’s a kid who’s had it his own way, and the little bit of time he’s not had it exactly how he wants it, he’s sulked and pouted. Same thing at the press conference to announce this fight – I was having fun, joking around, selling the fight but I was giving him props! I was being respectful saying he was the future of the sport and how I like his style and all, but then he started pouting. Why he pout? Because the media people weren’t laughing at his jokes, so he got a “sore botty” because they were laughing at my jokes not his. That’s what the English guys say at the Wolf’s Lair camp, a “sore botty.”
Jon Jones will have a very sore botty at UFC 135 when I kick it all over the Octagon.