Jon Jones Solidifies Status as MMA’s Next Big Thing

Written by Tom Ngo
August 1st, 2010

UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones

As his detractors continue to question the validity behind his unprecedented hoopla, Jon Jones continues to nonchalantly go about his dominating ways. On Sunday night, the 23-year-old quickly disposed of veteran Vladimir Matyushenko to bump his record to an impressive 11-1.

“I trained the hardest that I could possibly train. I knew Vladimir was the toughest test [of my career]. I just trained my butt off and things went really well.”

Prior to collecting his second consecutive 1stRound TKO victory over his fiercest opponent to date, UFC president Dana White stated the youngster had a ways to go before he became a legitimate contender to the throne, a seat most believe is reserved for him.

Although neither a championship bout or top contender spot were at stake inside the San Diego Sports Arena, White did promise Jones would get a shot at some Top 8 competition with another victory. I’m not sure I could name eight light heavyweights on this planet that are better than Jones at this point, but alright…

Regardless, it appears “Bones” fully intends on holding his boss to his word.

“My goal is to become the best in the world, if not the best in my weight class,” Jones matter-0f-factly stated. “So whoever the UFC wants to give me, I’ll train my butt off and I just hope [Octagon matchmaker] Joe Silva and Dana really kick it up with me and give me some really, really tough guys.”

And who exactly would that be?

“You know what, not to be cliche, but Joe Silva is a great guy, he does a good job with his job and I’ll just let him do that,” Jones humbly said.

While most are busy filling out Jones’ storybook career, “The Next Big Thing” stole a page right out of Ron Burgundy’s playbook as he bid his farewell to the Southern California audience.

“Hey, ‘You stay classy San Diego,'” Jones said.

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