Interview pre-UFC 100 leading up to his fight with Jake O’Brien. Unfortunately I couldn’t find site the original article was posted on, but I found another link from bodybuilding .com if you want to read the full article. I only posted a few excerpts. Very good read from the young GOAT. Started MMA to support his first child and girlfriend (good guy), learned most of his striking technique from YouTube (GOAT stuff). Also Clarifies that he only walked around 215lbs back then, lighter than most Middleweights. https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=115891771 Matt Bishel (MB): "Hey Jon, thanks for taking the time to do this interview with me." Jon Jones (JJ): "No problem." MB: "A year ago you started MMA and burst onto the local Northeast fight scene going 6-0 before getting the call up to the UFC. What made you decide to get into MMA?" JJ: "My decision to get into MMA was based around me expecting a child. I was a college athlete and I was wrestling and doing my thing at Iowa Central University and after competing for two years at ICU, we found out we were expecting and I basically put college on hold with the thought that I could use my wrestling gifts to make us money. At the time it seemed like a real gamble, but it ended up being awesome and look how it’s worked out for me." MB: "We all know your striking is somewhat unorthodox, so how exactly did you adopt this style, and what do you do to improve on your stand-up?" JJ: "I came up with my style of striking just by being very open-minded and accepting knowledge from wherever I can find it. When I first started off with Team Bombsquad we didn’t have a striking coach, so I took it into my own hands to study footage on the computer, like youtube videos and some of the guys would find different websites and just go out to Barnes and Nobles and purchase different Muay Thai books. I just really took it into my own hands to be a real professional, attempting to know all I can know. I guess between reading Karate books, Muay Thai books, and Kyokushin books, you just take all this different knowledge and you mix it all together and there you go with an unorthodox standup game." MB: "You come from a family of big guys and you’ve talked about making the move up to HW. Is that something you’re still contemplating?" JJ: "Yeah for sure. Right now I’m trying to make 205 though. I’m not gonna lie I’m like 215, which is a typical size for an ?85 pounder but I’m the biggest I’ve ever been in my life, and I know I’m going to continue to grow. I’m definitely not afraid to fight at heavyweight. I wrestled at 215 in high school. I always loved going against the bigger guys and I feel that I’m more agile then a lot of the bigger guys, so the move up to heavyweight is something that I’m going to look forward to in the future, maybe by the time I’m 23 or 24.