UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones talked about his UFC 140 opponent Lyoto Machida this week with UFC.com and explained why he is excited to be facing Machida, who is a former Champion himself, and why he feels he will defeat him in Toronto:
"I_ve always felt confident with martial arts, and I always knew that I would fight Lyoto one day. Lyoto_s a great opponent, man, he_s game. I think he takes this sport seriously. I think he_s unpredictable, he_s fast. Lyoto loves distance and I love distance, but I have the longer limbs, and I believe I_m just as fast.
"So if Lyoto wants to play the distance game with me, I think that_s going to be awesome.
"I_m also very upredicatbale. I have tons of confidence and faith in my wrestling abilities against Lyoto. I feel as if I can shoot at his legs and take him down. And I also feel as if I have tons of versatilty from the clinch.
"I know myself. I know my weaknesses, I am not naive to them. And I am starting to understand my opponnt. I am starting to understand what makes Lyoto Lyoto ... where he_s strong, where he_s weak.
"I will defeat Lyoto Machida. I believe that it_s my destiny to be UFC champion for many years."
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