Jones: McGregor, Rousey believed their own hype

UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones says the reason why he has never lost is because he doesn't believe his own hype, like some other fighters do.

Outside of his 2009 disqualification, and a very close call against Alexander Gustafsson in 2014, Jones has never lost in the UFC, and the American reckons that is because he doesn't consider himself invincible.

Any fighter who does think he or she is unbeatable, like UFC stars Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey did, is destined to fall.

“I know that I can be beat and I think that's why I haven't been beat, where some of these guys really start to believe their hype," Jones told Yahoo Sports.

"Ronda Rousey, they were saying she's the best fighter of all time and best athlete in the world, stuff like that and I was happy for her to hear those types of accolades, but once I realized that maybe she was starting to believe it herself, I knew she was in a dangerous spot. 

"Conor McGregor saying these things about just being the baddest dude and 'I'll beat anybody at any weight class,' that's foolish stuff. When you believe the hype to that level, that's when you're in danger."

Jones said he considers himself a 'nervous' fighter, and is careful not to get too overconfident.

"I talk about being confident in winning all the time, but the reason why I tend to always win is because at the end of the day I'm more nervous than any other fighter," he continued.

"It causes me to spend every night until 3 o'clock in the morning just on my laptop watching the same damn fight over and over again with a notebook, thinking about the ways I can lose, thinking about what I need to do. That's really what I attribute to being undefeated all these years, just how seriously I take it and how much I don't know. 

"There's a lot of guys who are on my team currently, a lot of guys on my team who aren't in the UFC who can beat me on any given day. I get taken down all the time in practice. I get hit pretty hard. I get tapped out all the time in practice. 

"To the fans and other fighters, they probably look at me as close to unbeatable, whereas if you spend time [at his gym], you see that I'm definitely not a guy that wins every day. I just got beat in a five-mile run by a kid that's like 15, 16 years old. So, I know that I'm not unbeatable."

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