While most youngsters Jon Jones’ age are typically preparing to bitterly quit their first corporate jobs out of college, this budding superstar is set to embark on a multi-million dollar endeavor.
The light heavyweight is just five days away from making his championship debut at UFC 128, a date with destiny many feel is long overdue. However, if you ask “Bones,” the time to challenge Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for his title couldn’t be better.
“I grew up watching Shogun and I admire the fact that he was champion at 23 years of age, but I feel like it’s my time,” Jones stated during a recent conference call. “I am on top. I think I’m on top. I just have not had the opportunity to prove it.”
Seconds after handing Ryan Bader his first professional blemish at UFC 126, Jones was offered a shot at the brass ring when Rashad Evans was forced to withdraw with an injury. Although 42 days notice isn’t ideal, Jones didn’t bat an eye in accepting the appointment.
It may have been a whirlwind six weeks for Jones, but he intends to be highly calculated and technical when the curtain is drawn.
“Obviously, there is a lot of pressure and nervousness, but there is also a quote that says, ‘There is nothing wrong with having butterflies in your stomach, provided you make them fly in formation.’
“I’m keeping my butterflies in formation and feel like I’m fully prepared to be one of the youngest champions in the UFC of all time.”
UFC 128 takes place Saturday inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The live pay-per-view broadcast kicks off at 10PM ET/7PM PT.