by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Brandon “The Truth” Vera is Jon “Bones” Jones’ elder by a
decade. He has stepped through the Octagon door 11 times to Jones’ four. He’s
faced former champions Frank Mir and Randy Couture, as well as top contenders
like Fabricio Werdum and Keith Jardine.
Vera is a devastating striker, a solid wrestler, and touts a
strong ground game.
The thing is, Jones doesn’t care.
When he steps in the cage Sunday night, he’s not there to
face Vera’s truth; he’s there to create his own version.
“I want to fulfill all of my goals. I know what my goal is;
I know what my dreams are,” Jones told
MMAWeekly.com. “Brandon Vera, no matter what his situation is… I know
what I want and he’s in the way of that. So who cares how hard he’s training,
what’s in his mind, is he in his prime or is he on his way down? It’s about
what I want and I want that belt.
“No one’s gonna stop that. No one.”
Jones suffered a loss in his last bout, but up until the
point he was disqualified for illegal elbow strikes, he was decimating Matt Hamill.
Despite the loss, he calls it his best performance yet.
But he also knows that he has to keep building on those
experiences to scale the lofty heights his sights are set on.
“When you beat people that are supposedly better strikers or
better jiu-jitsu or better wrestlers, it elevates you,” said Jones. “In order
to be at the top, you gotta take down a great striker, you gotta take down a
great wrestler, you gotta take down a great jiu-jitsu artist.
“(Lyoto) Machida, Shogun (Rua), all the top guys; these guys
are really good at this stuff. If I can’t beat a Brandon Vera, how you expect
me to beat a Shogun or a Machida?”
Regardless of what others think, Jones has no doubt that he
can be expected to beat a Shogun or a Machida. He knows that defeating them
starts by first taking care of business with Vera, but still, he doesn’t
“I have no doubt in my mind that I can beat Brandon Vera,”
“At the end of the day, I just don’t get this crazy fear or
anything. I respect his game. I know he has tons more experience than me and he’s
been in the Octagon so many times, (there’s) no doubt in my mind.”