Jones on mindset during OSP fight: “Whether you look like crap right now or not, the goal is to get back to DC”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Jon Jones (photo credit Mark J. Rebilas © USA Today Sports)

“A part of me was just like, ‘you gotta fight DC, Jon. You gotta fight DC.’ Like, do what  you’ve got to do to win this fight. The goal is to get back to DC. Whether you look like crap right now or not, the goal is to get back to DC. I’m not making any excuses, but that was definitely in my psychology. Just, do what you’ve got to do to win each round. Finish if you can, but don’t miss out on an opportunity to fight DC by getting in there and haymaking with a guy who has this freakish knockout power – a guy who gets these knockouts from these really weird and unpredictable angles.”

-Jon Jones talked about what was going through his mind during his UFC 197 main event bout with Ovince Saint Preux during the post-fight show on Fox Sports 1 (via

Penick’s Analysis: Very reasonable, and seems like an accurate description on what went down on Saturday night. Jones played it safe in some spots, opened up offensively in spurts, threw some brutal strikes, but mostly made sure he didn’t get himself into trouble. It was smart, more than effective enough, and now the Cormier fight is intact. Sure it wasn’t his greatest performance, but he had little time to prep for the fight, and still was clearly the better fighter of the two.

[Photo (c) Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today Sports]

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