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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, having defeated Glover Teixeira at UFC 172, is breaking records and taking names every time he sets foot in the Octagon.
He realizes that to remain atop the mountain that he has climbed, he can’t stand pat. Jones needs to keep evolving as a mixed martial artist as he sets his goals higher and higher.
“I broke my own record with most title defenses. I have gigantic goals and I’m taking them one at a time. I’m not that impressed with that performance. My cardio was running low a little at the end,” said Jones after defeating Teixeira, obviously critical of his own performance even though he dominated.
That doesn’t mean, however, that he doesn’t recognize that he is making strides in other areas of his game.
“I do have a lot of great gifts. You have to be smart. You have to have a great work ethic. One thing you have to have is a chin. I realized I have a chin. I caught some uppercuts and some left hooks. I’m blessed to prove I can fight at close range. A lot of people believe that to beat me you have to get inside. Today I threw more elbows standing than ever,” he noted.
“I’m closing up the holes in my game – jiu-jitsu, takedown defense, takedowns, close-range fighting. I believe I’ll be champion for a long time.”