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Old 06-04-2011, 06:43 AM   #141 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by lutalivre1989 View Post
In my opinion many people are underestimating Jones' striking. Sure his footwork is nothing special, he does not throw combination and is not lightning fast.

But he just does not need all these attributes because of his insane reach advantage. And now please don't compare him to Stefan Struve who really is the worest guy ever at fighting tall. Instead look at K1 the "Wimbledon of striking"^^ The most dominant fighter in the last years has been Semmy Schilt. He has won 4 GP's and is by many considered as one of the greatest of all time. But when you look at his striking he really is nowhere near the top level of K1 striking. Semmy is extremely slow, rarely throws combinations (aside from double jabs) and is very flat footed. Still he has beat and destroyed everyone in K1. Especially the more technical guys like Remy and Feitosa consider Semmy their kryptonite. Semmy can do all that simply because he uses his reach and size perfectly. He's got an awesome jab, very good frontkicks and wicked high knees and that's all he needs.

Now when you look at Jon Jones he also possesses many of these weapons. True he is not at the level of Semmy but he also isn't facing elite K1 stiriking.

In my opinion if Jon Jones continues to use his reach advantage that well with jabs, kicks and knees it will be very difficult for any opponent to get on the inside and land something without themselves taking insane amounts of punishment.

Now if you go back to the Semmy Schilt comparison for a moment you can notice that he was mainly beaten by guys who really pushed him and went for his chawline with reckless abandon and as soon as they were close to Semmy they engaged the clinch to get the referee to seperate them. But with Jon Jones the last thing you want to do is clinch because you will get taken down.

Summarizing I really think that everyone in the UFC will have a hard time striking with Jones. Not because he is a technical better striker but because of his reach and the TD threat.

All this comes from a die hard Shogun fan. Jon Jones is not by any means one of my favourite fighters but you just can't disrespect his potential.
That's a very good point buddy! If only people can realize how rudimentary his striking is. I will give him the spinning back elbow though, but he doesn't string together combos. It seems like a hodge podge of shots that he mixes in. With Lyoto or Anderson there's usually a purpose behind each of their move even when it looks like there is none. IE: Look at Lyoto's left feint. He's always done that, but with Seagal's teachings he finished it with a right jumping crane kick. Man that was beautiful.

JBJ is one physically talented fighter. Until one can figure out a way around his reach it can be a long reign.
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