Video Flashback: The Debut of Jon Jones’ Spinning Back Elbow

April 25, 2014
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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is known for his unpredictable striking.  Take a look back at his second fight in the UFC against Stephan Bonnar and the debut of his spinning back elbow.  Jones puts his title on the line for the seventh time at UFC 172 on April 26 against Glover Teixeira.

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  • Lance

    I like Jon Jones’ fighting style, but technically wasn’t that elbow illegal based on how low on the back of the head it was? Wasn’t there a recent post by a fighter (Browne maybe) on the illegal area of the back of the head being a line from top of ear to top of ear down. I’m asking, not telling.

    • Kenny Powers

      You can’t really call those “illegal” because its not a deliberate shot at the back of the head. He was spinning backwards and thats just where it landed. But if u try to hit someone in the back of the head while aware of it, then its an illegal shot. Its like, if u threw a head kick and the other guy ducked and it hit him in the back of the head, it can’t be illegal because u had no control over it, it was his fault. Also, Browne’s shots were to the side of the head, not the back. I think the issue is that 12-6 elbows are illegal and Browne was using 9-3 elbows which is pretty much the same thing. I think its a stupid rule but whatever. I think if its not directly to the back of the head or spine it should be legal.

      • Wolf Ticket

        Can you give us any relevant source confirming that strikes to the back of the head are only illegal if intentional? And let’s not talk the case when a guy turns his head during the strike/kick, as that was not the case here.

        The thing is, everything else is illegal even if unintentional. I have hard times believing this is an exception.

        • Kenny Powers

          Well think about it. He was spinning backwards when he landed it, its not like he had his back and was just raining down punches to the back of his head. Plus it was one hit, it wasn’t repeated punches. I thinks its more of just a common sense thing. If its not deliberate and excessive, it shouldn’t matter, its a fight.