Jon Jones welcomes Cormier to commentary, says ring rust plays no factor for UFC 285 return

UFC legend Jon Jones returns to the octagon after many years at UFC 285. Jones will face rising star Cyril Gane for the UFC heavyweight championship. This will be his first-ever outing in the 265-pound division.

Jones, who’s quite active on Twitter, held a brief AMA for his fans. He talked about the upcoming matchup and gave some insight into his thought process.

One fan asked Jones about Gane’s striking and if it is the best that Jones will ever experience. Jones replied in the negative, saying that his former foes Thiago Santos and Lyoto Machida were better strikers. He added that there’s more to this bout than just trading blows.

“No, I don’t, Thiago Santos, Lyoto Machida the list goes on. I fought many guys who were nasty on their feet. Guys with very intimidating one strike knockout power. I feel pretty comfortable, and this is definitely not a kickboxing match.”

Another fan wanted to know if putting on weight has slowed Jones down. To this, he responded by saying that he feels even quicker than before. He also said that he’s gotten more powerful.

“Not at all, if anything I feel faster and more explosive. Definitely have the knockout power that I didn’t have before.”

Regarding his choice of winning methods, Jones said that he doesn’t care. He just wants to “be better everywhere”.

A fan asked Jones his thoughts on Francis Ngannou successfully outwrestling Gane. Jones replied by saying that takedowns aren’t the only aspect of a good wrestler. He said that mentality also matters.

“Wrestling is more than a few takedowns, it’s a mentality. I’ll just leave it at that”

Finally, someone asked “Bones” if he was worried about ring rust. As it is known, Jones last fought three years ago, when he defeated Dominick Reyes at UFC 247.

However, the multi-time light-heavyweight champ said that his inactivity doesn’t bother him. This is because he didn’t stop training and working hard.

“No, I’ve worked harder over the last three years than I ever have in my entire career. Fighting is inside of me, it’s who I am.”