In this sport, everybody get’s beaten. No man is invulnerable which is why when you step into the Octagon, there’s at least a puncher’s chance that you can win.
To defeat Jones, you have to be a counterstriker with solid kickboxing. The first thing you’ll see with Jon’s standup is that he has a very open stance and usually leaves his lead leg out. Peppering his legs with solid kicks throughout the fight is a must.
Jones has a methodical approach to striking and usually takes his time to find openings. If you can wait until he throws his signature spinning strikes, he leaves himself open for attack. Once he does, you have to fully pressure him and try to overwhelm him with strikes to both the head and body. Jon got caught twice in his UFC fights, once by Lyoto and another by Rashad Evans. Neither time did they go in for the kill afterwards. Don’t make the same mistake.
One thing to know is that between rounds, Jon rarely comes back with the same stuff. He uses the first round to gauge distance and judge reactions. To see which way you might lean with your punches or how you’ll try to shoot.
In the second round, he comes out stronger and looks to use everything he’s learned through his study of you and the first round to take you out. The key is to show him a different look in the first round. Show him what he’s been studying, then when the second round comes along, show him a different look to throw off his confidence.
If that's all working, Jon is going to go for a takedown. Excellent takedown defense is very well needed if you’re going to pull this off. His takedowns are explosive and very creative so watch for the level change and make sure to grab underhooks as soon as you can.
The recipe for success against Jon is to keep it standing and be explosive when he gives you openings. Get inside and mix it up with him while putting pressure on him. Do that, and you just may be able to break "Bones."