UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has one of the longest reaches in all of MMA. So, it is not a coincidence that “Bones” is able to avoid a lot of power strikes to his chin.
When he steps inside the Octagon on September 1 to face Dan Henderson at UFC 151, Jones will likely need to have as solid-a-chin as ever because “Hendo” is known for his deadly “H-Bomb” of a right hand.
“Getting your chin tested slows down your career,” said Jones, during a recent media conference call. “It also makes it so you can’t take punches. The more you get punched, the faster and easier you go down.”
Jones plans on avoiding as many power strikes from Henderson as possible, but he did say he has been tested during fights.
“Rashad Evans hit me pretty good,” Jones said. “Lyoto Machida hit me pretty good. My chin has been tested. I think that conversation should be over by now.”
Training at Jackson’s MMA in New Mexico, Jones frequently spars with such world-class strikers as heavyweights Travis Browne and Andrei Arlovski.
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