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UFC 100 Preview: Jon Jones Talks Strategy Against Jake O'Brien

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Jon Jones spoke with MMAMania:

"The first component of my strategy is to stay on my feet and outstrike him. I have worked on my takedown defense a lot. I think it’s going to be hard for him to take me down. He is used to fighting big, slow heavyweights. I will be a different animal. I will be something he has never seen before with my striking and speed."

"I will also look to mix it up in the wrestling department. Gusmao and Bonnar are both good at jiu-jitsu so my game plan was to take them down, score some points and not be on the ground for an extended period of time."

"It’s different with O’Brien because I can take him down, get into scrambles with him, roll with him, go for submissions and reversals and not worry about some slick Gracie technique that I haven’t seen before."

"I will fight him a lot differently. You will get to see a lot more of my fight style. You will see my ground game. You will get to see my takedowns, my takedown defense. I won’t know how strong he truly is until I grab him but I am very confident in my strength."

I pretty much agree with Jones and his initial assessment in that he'll be too quick for O'Brien. I hope this fight makes the telecast, as I'm curious to see how Jones does against a decent wrestler. I hope he can end this find emphatically and make a big statement to the UFC LHW division. How do you all see this fight going down?