Building the Perfect Fighter To Defeat Jon Jones

Robert GardnerSenior Analyst IApril 3, 2011

Building the Perfect Fighter To Defeat Jon Jones

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    On March 19th, 2011, Jon "Bones" Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history by completely destroying former PRIDE great Maurício "Shogun" Rua.

    Thus far in his MMA career, Jones has yet to be truly tested in the cage.

    As he continues to evolve and add skills to his game every day, it is easy to believe that he will continue his dominant roll through the UFC's light-heavyweight division. He is just a bad stylistic matchup for everyone because of his freakish physical abilities and his ability to execute in the cage.

    So what will it take to finally bring the phenom down?

    This would be my answer to the question...Enjoy! 

Striking: Alistair Overeem

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    Ah good ole "Horse Meat"—who better to teach young Jones a lesson on the feet?

    Not only has Alistair Overeem developed into arguably the best heavyweight fighter in MMA today, but he also happens to be the 2010 K-1 Grand Prix Champion; something no other MMA fighter has ever accomplished.

    No one in MMA today is better equipped to punish Jones on the feet.

Wrestling: Chael Sonnen

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    Jones is one of the most explosive and dynamic wrestlers in MMA, but if there is anyone who could give him a run for his money it's middleweight grinder Chael Sonnen.

    Sonnen may not be as flashy as Jones, but he is effective and dominating nonetheless. When Sonnen wants to take a fight to the ground that's just where it is going to end up.

    Sonnen has the ability and the pedigree to give Jones fits in the wrestling game.

Top Position: George Sotiropoulos

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    George Sotiropoulos may be coming off of a somewhat lackluster performance against Dennis Siver at UFC 127, but he is still one of the best fighters in the world when he is able to obtain top position in the ground.

    His transitions are flawless, and he is as active and aggressive as they come constantly looking for the finish.

    We have yet to really see Jones have to fight off of his back, but with those long limbs he could likely pull off some pretty impressive submissions.

Bottom Position: Nick Diaz

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    Let's face it, even if this imaginary fighter we are creating had the wrestling chops of Sonnen, Jones is talented enough to still find away to get a takedown at some point so this "super fighter" is going to have to have some skill off his back; Nick Diaz is that man.

    Just take a look at the picture in this slide. Do you know what that is?

    That, my friends, is an expertly executed gogoplata.

    Diaz is a skilled Cesar Gracie black belt and he has an active—and very dangerous—guard.

    While in many cases Jones' long limbs are an asset, against Diaz they would be major liabilities.

Conditioning: Cain Velasquez

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    One of the drawbacks of being as dominate as Jones has been in his career is that we don't really know just how good his conditioning is, but I have no doubt it is exceptional.

    With that in mind, my "super fighter" is going to need an unlimited gas tank and from everything that has been said about UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez that is exactly what he has.

    I've never seen Velasquez train in person, but it has become widely known that the guy just does not get tired. With that kind of cardio, Jones would be in trouble.

Strength: Brock Lesnar

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    Jones may look like a skinny, lanky kid but looks can be deceiving as he is one of the most explosive fighters in MMA and he has been able to manhandle just about every fighter he has ever faced.

    While Jones has deceptive strength, Brock Lesnar has freak animal strength. There are few in MMA who can match or overpower Lesnar's raw physicality and Jones would be pushed to the limit. 

Athleticism: Georges St. Pierre

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    Much like Jones, Georges St-Pierre is just a different kind of athlete and if anyone in MMA is going to compete with Jones in that respect, it's St-Pierre.

Game Planning: Randy Couture

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    Jones' skill set and natural physical gifts are only a part of what makes him so amazing; it's his ability to execute an effective in-cage game plan that really seals the deal of his awesomeness.

    Under the tutelage of MMA guru Greg Jackson, Jones steps into the cage fully prepared to exploit every every weakness of his opponent.

    If there is anyone in MMA who can match the genius of Jackson and the ability to execute of Jones it's Randy "The Natural" Couture.

    Couture's ability to plan and execute has given incredible longevity in such a physically demanding sport.