UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones joined challenger Chael Sonnen and middleweight co-headliners Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher in speaking to the media on a conference call Monday afternoon. As expected, that sort of combination made for fireworks of epic proportions.

Belcher and Bisping both will try to return to the win column after recent losses to Yushin Okami and Vitor Belfort, respectively. Both know what they want to do to the other in the cage on Saturday. However, this one can classify as an emotional Belcher, who never hides his excitement on fight night when it exists. For Bisping, Belcher warns that an excited version of “The Talent” spells trouble on any given night.

“That’s when I perform at my highest,” Belcher said, “the only fights I’ve ever lost were fights I wasn’t very excited for. I want this fight more than any fight in my career and I’ll perform at my highest.”

Wasting no time in adding more excitement to the bout, The Ultimate Fighter 3 light heavyweight winner admitted that he did not take defeat very well. In fact, he showed excitement about the possibility of getting another top opponent with a win over Belcher. However, he did not mince words or thoughts about what he felt a win would do for Belcher.

“A win over Michael Bisping would be the biggest win of Alan Belcher’s pathetic career,” Bisping said, “I’m gonna slap you in the face and take my win.”

Speaking of taking victories, champion Jones takes on challenger Sonnen in the fifth defense of his title. Plenty of talk surrounds the fight for a multitude of reasons, one of which concerns the wrestling aspect of the fight. In fact, Jones hears about it all the time when it comes to his opponent’s wrestling game, and truth be known, it motivates him.

” The storyline is always his wrestling, his wrestling, his wrestling,” Jones said, “but what about the wrestling of Matyushenko, Ryan Bader or Rashad Evans? Maybe I’ll take him down more than he’ll take me down. You never know. I’m excited to go out there and prove my critics wrong again about me being the inferior wrestler.”

“I have great takedowns. When I take people down, I cut them open right away. Chael doesn’t hurt anyone with his ground and pound.”

Sonnen, never one to shy away from the truth, admits that the pressure of a big-fight atmosphere will always exist. As a matter of fact, he uses the pressure and the odds against him as motivation of his own. As he prepares for a man who he honestly views as a much better fighter than even Anderson Silva, Sonnen simply hopes everyone knows that he will take what he wants once the cage door shuts.

“That’s the sport. I don’t earn title shots. Title shots earn me. I don’t go after main events, main events go after me.”

Photo: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Dale De Souza
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Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.