Jon Jones has showcased some tricky and dangerous elbows in the past, but according to one of his coaches, we haven’t seen anything yet.
The former light-heavyweight champ is preparing to face the reigning champ, Daniel Cormier, as the two will battle on July 29th at UFC 214. The fight will mark the first time Jones has fought since last April, when he scored a decision win over Ovince Saint Preux.
Recently Jones’ striking coach, the renowned Mike Winkeljohn appeared on “The MMA Hour”. While discussing Jones’ preparation for his upcoming bout, Winkeljohn revealed the following (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“Everything is good. [Jones] is coming in with a smile on his face,” Winkeljohn said. “I’m going to tell you what, Jon’s coming in and he’s finding new ways to hit people with elbows. He keeps bringing them real close to people’s faces and then just stopping with a smile, and continuing on with the process. So he’s got some new things that are even meaner for Daniel this fight.”
When you consider that how ridiculously long Jones’ reach is, this could be unwelcome news to Cormier and the rest of the 205 division. Winkeljohn also offered this take on the argument that Jones should have taken a warm-up bout, before locking horns with Cormier again:
“I don’t think he had any need for a tune-up fight to fight Daniel Cormier. I think as much as I do respect Daniel, I think this is a good fight for Jon, because the first time Daniel couldn’t take him down. Jon was able to take him down. Jon was able to beat him everywhere, and I think that plays into our favor with this fight.”
UFC 214 will go down in Anaheim, California. Jones defeated Cormier by decision in their first bout, which took place in January, 2015.