The top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, has been a puzzle that 22 fighters haven’t been able to figure out. If there are holes in his game, no one has been able to exploit them.
Jones faces his toughest challenge to date, top contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, at UFC 187 on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. There’s one thing that Johnson brings to the table that Jones admits that he doesn’t have.
“He has much more striking power than I do. That’s pretty obvious. I haven’t knocked out anything,” said Jones during a recent press conference. “Rampage said I couldn’t bust a grape, and I think that is true.”
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Jones’s first title defense was against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135. Jackson, who is known for his punching power, fell victim to Jones’ takedown ability and lost via rear-naked choke. Like he did against Jackson, Jones believes he’ll find a way to defeat Johnson in May.
“I have a great staff of people around me, really smart coaches. We’re not naïve to our strengths and our weaknesses. We’ll come up with an appropriate strategy to be successful,” said Jones.
Johnson is on a nine-fight winning streak and has knocked out three of his last four opponents. Whatever strategy Jones comes up with won’t include standing and banging with the 31-year-old knockout artist.