Jones credits mental preparation for big wins in Octagon
As much credit as he gets for his many athletic gifts,
But when it comes to fighting, Jones wins because of psychological preparation. So he claims. Before taking on
In preparing for his next bout, a headlining fight against
So he sat down to watch some of his own fights on the Internet with the volume turned off. It started as an experiment, born out of curiosity more than anything else, but Jones said it succeeded in teaching him another way of seeing things.
"I'm trying to put myself in his head, see what he sees," said Jones. "It also helps to not be influenced by the commentary. Sometimes you hear [UFC color commentator
It isn't all sitting around and watching fights on the Internet, though. Jones has also upgraded his training regimen, going from Cortland, New York's BombSquad gym to
Instead of being one of the biggest and baddest men in the room, as he almost always is back home, he trains against veteran light heavyweights like
"It sucks sometimes," he said. "Doing strength and conditioning in this high altitude, then sparring with guys like Keith and Rashad, it's tough. But I feel like I'm their little brother. They've taught me all kinds of little tricks. Going with Rashad, he's so fast. I'm getting beat up here instead of playing with people, and that's good for me."
As for Hamill, Jones acknowledges that he represents a step up in the competition he's faced thus far in the UFC. Though Hamill is known for his wrestling ability and sheer power on the mat, his stand-up game has grown over the last few years. But Jones, an inventive and unpredictable striker in his own right, isn't intimidated by Hamill's head-kick knockout of
"He's improved, especially his striking, but some things aren't going to change," Jones said of Hamill. "He's not going to be faster than he's ever been. He's a grown, 33-year-old man. If he was going to be fast, he'd be fast by now. He's going to be the same speed he's always been. All I have to do is believe in myself and try not to think too much."