Sunday, July 12, 2009

Comfortable in underdog role, Jake O'Brien looks to solve the riddle of Jon Jones at UFC 100

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Being a part of the biggest event in UFC history would be an honor for any mixed martial artist.

Entering that bout as one of the biggest underdogs on the card might not be quite as pleasurable.

But that's the position light-heavyweight Jake O'Brien (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) finds himself in just hours away from his UFC 100 contest with undefeated prospect Jon Jones (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC). And despite lacking the faith of Las Vegas oddsmakers, O'Brien recently told Radio ( that he's ready to wow the Las Vegas crowd in attendance on Saturday night.

"I feel like I've got nothing to lose in this fight," O'Brien said. "I'm a big underdog on a big stage, so I'm real excited about it."

O'Brien last fought in January, earning a split-decision win over Christian Wellisch. It was the former heavyweight's first fight at 205 pounds after back-to-back losses to Cain Velasquez and Andrei Arlovski forced a drop to light heavyweight.

O'Brien said the change in weight helped him feel better throughout the course of the 15-minute contest.

"I actually felt better than I felt at heavyweight," O'Brien said. "I didn't feel as drained or as tired at the end carrying less weight.

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