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Why Jon Jones seemed so relaxed at UFC 140

Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Jon Jones poses during

Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Jon Jones poses during his weigh-in in Toronto on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. Jones is scheduled to face Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 on Saturday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit) Credit: AP Photo/Pawel Dwulit

Jon Jones looked extremely relaxed coming to his UFC 140 title defense against Lyoto Machida on Saturday night.

Not exactly what you're used to seeing from the 24-year-old from upstate New York, is it?

Here's how Jones explained his approach earlier in the week during our sitdown.

“When you train as hard as I do, there’s no need to be nervous," Jones said. "Why would I be nervous, I’m totally prepared for this.”

That's a fairly new approach for Jones, who just 10 months ago used to get nervous before fights. But four fights in one year, including three title fights, can only help alleviate the nerves.

“I play the fight in my head over and over again," Jones said. "I play that walkout in my head. Sometimes I’ll play my entrance music before the fight in my hotel room, and I’ll imagine myself walking out to the cage. You’re imagining people trying to grab your shirt, trying to grab your hat off. You become so comfortable with the experience before it actually happens live so that when you're at the fight, you almost feel like you're at a rehearsal.”

New York Sports