"I'm concerned that he will take me down and dry hump me for five rounds," said Jones during an ESPN SportsNation fan chat earlier today (Jan. 22, 2013) when asked what his biggest concern was heading into the 205-pound title fight against "The American Gangster," which is scheduled UFC 159 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on April 27, 2013.
Perhaps Sonnen's five-round wrestling clinic he put on against current middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva at UFC 117 a few years back resides deep in the recesses of Jones' memory. One that didn't necessarily include an all-out "dry hump" assault -- Sonnen kept the pressure on once on the ground, battering and Silva for 4.5 rounds before falling victim to the Brazilian's crafty submission skills in the waning moments of the final round.
Speaking of "The Spider," as Jones continues to cement his legacy in mixed martial arts (MMA), inching closer to tying Tito Ortiz's division record with five consecutive title defenses inside the Octagon, he has another record in his sights -- 17 consecutive wins under the UFC banner, which would be one better than the Brazilian bomber, who currently holds the record (and still counting) at 16.
"Yes, that is a goal of mine," said Jones, "It's my motivation."
Had it not been for a controversial disqualification loss against Matt Hamill back in 2009, Jones would be sitting pretty at 12 straight victories. However, because of the unfortunate decision by the referee, "Bones'" boasts a UFC win streak of eight straight, meaning he has a ways to go if he wants to catch Silva.