Jones explained how he had to adapt to early after taking punches in the first round. He explained how he took control of the fight after a rocky first round, “Honestly, I was a little disappointed. Just because no one likes losing a round.” Even if his corner thought he won, Jimmy still wasn’t satisfied with his performance, “Anyone who’s seen me fight before could tell that I wasn’t myself in the first round. I really didn’t have any footage to go off of, so I really didn’t know what to expect going in there. So, I think I kind of I underestimated him a bit as far as his power.” Going into second round, changes were made to the gameplan to get the fight to the ground. Jimmy was able to go for the submission and won the fight in the third.
The fight that took place this past Saturday at The Orleans in Las Vegas, put Jimmy in the spotlight as he had the opportunity to put his skills on display in front of Dana White, Frank Mir, Anderson Silva and more. Though he knows he was fighting in front of a star-studded audience, he said there was no added pressure fighting in front of some of the biggest names in MMA. ”I don’t really get nervous in front of celebrities perse. ..I’ve already fought in front of Dana White, so I’m always excited to fight in front of him.”
For the time being, Jones is enjoying the win and not quite returning to train just yet. In fact, he’ll be working Ryan Couture’s corner for his upcoming Strikeforce fight against Conor Heun on March 3rd. With no plans to jump into another fight too quickly, Jones is looking to get back in the cage in May with Superior Cage Combat.