Jon Jones on defeating Ryan Bader: “I took away his mental strength”

By Michael Pepper

UFC light heavyweight number one contender, Jon Jones has been speaking about the method he used to defeat Ryan Bader earlier this month at UFC 126, explaining he didn’t really have a physical advantage so he played the mental game.

Speaking via ProMMANow.com, Jones said:

“Physically I don’t think I had much of a strength advantage. I think I took away his mental strength. Like right away, Bader being a wrestler and normally banking on the ability that he can take most people down, we figured that if we took Bader down right away in the first round it would really mess with his mental game. And starting off the first 30 seconds of a fight defending a north-south choke when you’re used to being in the dominance right away, I think that messed with his mind. And once his mind became weak, that made him seem physically weak.”

 

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