Jon Jones: Why Finding a Way to Beat the Young Phenom Is Like Finding Bigfoot
The Loch Ness Monster.
A way to beat Jon Jones.
Finding any of these things is a tall task and one that may ultimately never happen.
At this point in his career, Jon "Bones" Jones seems as inhuman as the mythical counterparts I've listed him beside, and finding a weakness in his game is as likely as spotting our furry and elusive friend Sasquatch.
Let's recap the notable fighters he has defeated: Rashad Evans, Rampage Jackson, Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida, Ryan Bader, Stephan Bonnar, etc.
Beating these men is one thing. Dismantling them without ever being in danger is an entirely different task, one that is truly astounding and baffling.
Mixed martial arts provides an infinite variety of ways to win a fight, yet none of these world-class athletes has even come close to pulling one of them off against Jones.
What can you do to him?
His wrestling is phenomenal, his striking is as rangy and creative as anybody's, and his cardio and Octagon savvy are getting better with each fight.
Will Jon Jones ever lose in the UFC Octagon?
Adding to this, his bottom game is constantly improving and he has shown an iron chin in recent matches with Machida and Evans.
So again, I ask, what can you do to him?
Aside from the lucky knockout punch that is always a possibility in every fight, there is literally no feasible way to beat Jon Jones. Outpointing him seems equally unlikely; his wrestling is so good that I don't see another light heavyweight taking him down (let alone stealing an entire fight with top control), and he uses his length so effectively that nobody can stick and move, a la Frankie Edgar, to take the points on the feet.
The bottom line is that Jones brings a skill set to the Octagon that we have never seen possessed by one fighter.
Just when you think you know how to beat him (Shogun's power, Rashad's wrestling and quickness, Machida's elusive style), he shows up on fight day and crushes his opponent and our ignorant notions that these styles can defeat him.
So I'll propose to you a challenge: You tell me a way to defeat Jon Jones (that is within UFC rules and regulations, of course), and I'll start looking for Bigfoot.
Whoever finishes the task first wins (I warn you, though, I've been practicing my calls).
I'm already preparing a victory celebration.
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