UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has a strong wrestling background.
He is a former New York high school champion, was named an All-American his senior year, and went on to earn a national title at Iowa Central – along with All-American status.
However, it seems as if each time he steps foot inside the Octagon, people are questioning his mat skills. This coming weekend, he’ll face Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 – another fighter with wrestling on his mind.
“The storyline is always his wrestling, his wrestling, his wrestling. I don’t think no one respects my wrestling at all. Maybe I’ll take him down more than he’ll take me down, you never know.
“I am just excited to prove my critics wrong about me being this inferior wrestler. I don’t feel people give my junior college accolades enough respect.”
Jones’ list of previous victims includes top-caliber wrestlers like Matt Hamill, Rashad Evans, and now Sonnen. The champion, though, made it known that when he takes his opponent down, they get up bloody.
“Everyone I take down, I cut them open right away. I don’t think anybody respects my wrestling, my grappling or my ground-and-pound.”