Jon Jones’ title defense against Stipe Miocic is scheduled to take place on November 11th. Jones honestly admits how the upcoming match is mentally affecting him, he revealed that Stipe Miocic invades his mind every now and then.
Unlike the crowd, Jon Jones has not made the mistake of underestimating Stipe Miocic; Jones knows how challenging of an opponent Miocic can turn out to be and looks forward to defy all odds and give his all. This match promises to be one of the best heavyweight matches in the history of the sport.
It could be Jon Jones last title defense as he was considering retirement.
Jon Jones on his next title defense
Recently on the OverDogs Podcast, Jon Jones expressively shared the thoughts running around his mind ahead of the next heavyweight title defense.
Jon Jones also acknowledged how great of a fighter Stipe Miocic is. “I feel like when you get to a place when you don’t feel anything is probably when it’s time to hang it up and try something different,” Jones said, as quoted by mmafighting.com.
“At this point, I still get really nervous, man. I have nightmares about my opponents. About every hour, Stipe Miocic will cross my mind. He will cross my mind. I could be having a drink, you name it, he crosses my mind. I could be at my kid’s volleyball game and I thinking about Stipe.
There’s a lot of mental that goes into it that I don’t think people realize. But the goal is to just conquer that. Everyone else thinks that his back’s against the wall and this is a David and Goliath situation for him.
Jones further said: "I disagree. I think Stipe is a very capable athlete and I think I owe it to Stipe to give him that chance to fight the best fighter ever. And I think Stipe owes it to me to give me a chance to fight the greatest heavyweight ever.
I think we owe it to each other. I feel like we both would feel like we have unfinished business if we walked away not competing against each other".
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