UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones earned a decision victory over Rashad Evans earlier this year. The win was the third title defense for “Bones,” with all three coming against former UFC champions.
While from the outside-looking-in it might have appeared Jones had little trouble with his former training partner, not everyone saw it that way.
Mike Winkeljohn, the striking coach for Jones who used to work with “Suga,” as well, told Prickley Pair Studios that his fighter came within inches of getting himself knocked out.
Jon stood still too much and got hit by (overhand right from Evans). Close to finishing the fight. It could have been, within inches, a little more snap out of the hips to snap the chin down and cause that much more pain that would have put Jon out. So we got away with that one.
Winkeljohn added that the head-kick delivered by Evans to Jones was much like the one Evans connected on against Sean Salmon, something Winkeljohn taught him, as well.
Other than those two moments, Jon pretty much owned the fight, and so I was really happy with that.
Jones is scheduled to face Dan Henderson – not a former UFC champ but a former Strikeforce and Pride champ – later this summer.
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