"Yeah his hand speed is definitely a gift that he has, but you know, I believe I'm really fast too Bas. A lot of people kind of discredit me for a lot of things. The majority of people who don't really know MMA, they just blame it on me for been long, but there is a lot more than being long that I have to contribute to my success, and speed is definitely one of my advantages as well. Where Vitor is fast, I believe I'm really fast as well, but we can't forget he has a Carlson Gracie black belt -- which is a very legitimate black belt. So yeah, that ground game, obviously I've got to be on my P and Q's, and then speed, I honestly think I match him in speed. On power, he might have an edge on me there. -Jon Jones to Bas Rutten of Inside MMA
Jones will take on Belfort at UFC 152 this Saturday, when he hopes to put the events of the now infamous UFC 151 cancellation fiasco, and the powerful Brazilian former light-heavyweight champion, in his rearview.
Do do so, he'll need to be able to mitigate Belfort's blazing hand speed, one-punch knockout power, and solid ground. While most fight pundits believe Belfort has a distinct hand speed advantage over Jones, don't count Jones among them.
He'll look to prove he can match Belfort blow-for-blow when the two square off at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.