Jon Jones is ready for the big time or at least it sounds like he thinks so. Jones has been on fire in 2010 with dominating wins over Vladimir Matyushenko and Brandon Vera. The only loss of his career came on a disputed stoppage at "The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale" last December. Jones (11-1, 5-1 UFC) wants a crack at the top five or some big names. Instead, he'll get another prospect in TUF 8 champ Ryan Bader next February at UFC 127.
"I'm actually really sick of fighting this type of style., Matyushenko, Jake O'Brien, they all have that similar kind of style," Jones told HDNet's Inside MMA. "Their main focus is that double leg dive and [they have] sub-par boxing."
Doesn't sound like Jones has much respect for Bader (12-0, 5-0 UFC), a former Division 1 wrestler at Arizona State.
"I'm ready to fight some strikers, I'm ready to fight some south paws, I'm ready to really mix it up," said the 23-year-old Jones. "I'm trying to secure a respect level with my wrestling. I'm sure Ryan Bader, the advantage he'll have going in is to be the better wrestler and I'm going to try and prove the UFC wrong again."
It almost sounds as if Jones is a little annoyed with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. This fight is intriguing. Jones' wrestling has been awesome. He's thrown some dudes with impressive grappling backgrounds around like rag doll. Let's see if he can do it to Bader too. If that's the case, then he's ready for that next step up.
Jones is usually pretty mild-mannered, maybe this is all part of a new marketing plan installed by Team Jones.