UFC light heavyweight rising star Jon Jones spoke with The Sporting News about training with Greg Jackson's fight camp, as well as what he expects Matt Hamill to do when they meet up in the TUF 10 Finale main event. Check it:
Well, they’re attacking my main weaknesses. Greg is big on getting his athletes to close up their gaps. My jiu-jitsu has to be my weakest department so he's trying to close that hole up. I've been doing a lot of wrestling and a lot of jiu-jitsu. It's amazing. It's just a total reality check on how not good I actually am. You know what I mean? I go from a school (in New York) where I beat up everyone, and now I get tapped out and guys try to kick my head off. It's an everyday thing. It's just a big reality check in how much work I actually have to do still.
Jones is also doing some training up in Montreal at the Tri-Star gym where GSP does his training. It's refreshing to see a fighter so humble at such a young age. It's also great to see that he's shedding the big fish in a small pond syndrome. Rich and I spoke about this last week, the fact that up and coming fighters need seek out the best possible training. Jones speaks on what he expects Hamill to bring to the table:
Matt Hamill? I'm expecting him to try to go out there and take me down and lay on top of me until the time runs out.
CD: You think so? He's looked better on his feet his last few times out. You still expect a fairly wrestling-based attack from him?
JJ: Absolutely. After the Rich Franklin fight I don't think his confidence is where it needs to be when it comes to striking. I think he's a wrestler at heart and I think that he thinks his best chance of winning is by wrestling me. I'm sure that's what he's going to go out and try to do.
I don't know if I agree with his assessment though. Hamill hasn't relied on his wrestling much at all since his debut on TUF. It'll be interesting to see nonetheless, and I can't hardly wait for this one.
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