Jon Jones takes next step in path to stardom at UFC 126

By Case Keefer

Jon Jones may have already caused a few injuries at the Mandalay Bay Events Center two days before his fight at UFC 126.

At the conclusion of his open workout Thursday afternoon, the 23-year old phenom created a frenzy when he signed and tossed a handful of his gear into the crowd. Fans dove over seats and wrestled for positioning to grab gloves and anything else that came from the hands of Jones. It was just another example of the excitement surrounding Jones, who is widely seen as the sport’s next superstar.

“I appreciate the people who see something in me,” Jones said at the open workout. “That’s why I do it and why I work really hard. But at the same time, it can be scary and it can be a lot.”

But if Jones (11-1) is at all intimidated for his light heavyweight clash with “The Ultimate Fighter” season 8 champion Ryan Bader (13-0), he’s not showing it.

“Jon Jones scares me because he’s not nervous,” said veteran light heavyweight Forrest Griffin, who fights Rich Franklin Saturday. “He’s just excited, running around and smiling before the fight. He’s like a little kid on Christmas.”


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