Jon Jones hit the weights, big time, prior to his return this past April, but the renowned fighter is now reporting he’s pretty much stopped pumping iron…
Leading up to UFC 197, Jones bombed social media with pics of him working out, and by the time he faced Ovince Saint Preux, it was obvious he had been lifting. Jones worked his way to a clear cut, decision win over OSP that night, but “Bones” wasn’t at his best. His longtime coach, Greg Jackson, was even overheard saying “powerlifting’s a problem”.
Well, in advance of his UFC 200 rematch with Daniel Cormier this Saturday, Jones has acknowledged that the extra muscle he was carrying was an issue. At a recent media luncheon, the interim light-heavyweight champ stated the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“For this training camp I’ve done almost zero weightlifting whatsoever,” said Jones
“In my last fight, it definitely played a factor in me being conservative and conserving the way I used my energy,” Jones added. “I felt like I was in good shape, my lungs were strong, but I felt like my muscle endurance maybe wasn’t in the right place.”
Jones went on to say that he’s in fact, been burning off the extra bulk, as a means to get back to how he used to look.
This is pretty interesting to hear, as before UFC 197, Cormier said he welcomed Jones trying to add muscle and increase his size. The argument being that the extra bulk would slow him down…Looks like “DC” may have been right.
We will see how Jones looks, and whether Cormier can get back that defeat, on Saturday night. UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.