Shogun Rua must do Saturday night what no else has managed so far. Solve Jon Jones. One advantage Shogun said he has is experience with long opponents in having beaten six-foot-five Alistair Overeem and six-foot-six Cyrille "Snake" Diabate.
Jon Jones responded at the open workout: (via MMA Junkie)
"I'm not 'Snake' or Overeem. Where (Cyrille Diabate) was really good at striking, 'Snake' had zero physical strength. 'Snake' had zero wrestling, and 'Snake' had zero jiu-jitsu. So I'm not 'Snake.'"Jon Jones plays out Saturday night in his mind: (via UFC.com)
"And when he says he's fought Overeem? Me and (Alistair) Overeem have similarities in being tall. I think I'm taller than Overeem. I know that my arms are longer. I think my strength could match to Overeem to where Overeem was in that point in his career. I look at myself as an Overeem with better wrestling, and better jiu-jitsu, and (a) more unpredictable style. (I'm) a lot different than both of those two."
"I envision me going out there, fighting my fight, keeping my hands high, exchanging punches with him, taking kicks, and kicking him right back just as hard. I can see myself taking him down at will, even worse than I did Stephan Bonnar. I could see myself submitting him on the ground, I could see myself being way overwhelming and just way too much on top. I don’t think he’s ever fought someone who’s gonna throw leg kicks at him, and basically anything he can do, I feel that I can do better. I’m young, I’m hungry, and Shogun’s smart and a great fighter, but I just feel that there’s nothing he can do that I can’t. I can throw an overhand right, I can swing for the fences, and I can throw a leg kick just like he can throw a leg kick. There’s really nothing that he has that I don’t besides a black belt, and when it comes to that black belt, I want to show that hard work and dedication and just believing can overcome any type of black belt."