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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC 197’s Jon Jones

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC 197 headliner Jon Jones, who looks to return to glory this Saturday (April 23, 2016) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The uncrowned Light Heavyweight kingpin, Jon Jones, makes his return to the cage opposite knockout artist, Ovince St. Preux, this Saturday (April 23, 2016) at UFC 197 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Inside the cage, Jones has been untouchable. He’s picked apart some of the division’s finest kickboxers, submitted black belts, and most recently out-wrestled a former Olympian.

Outside of the Octagon, however, Jones certainly finds ways to keep attention on himself. Whether it’s a vehicular incident, drug related, or both, Jones’ troubles in the past few years finally caught up with him and cost him his belt.

Though for the sake of this article, we’ll assume it did not have any affect on Jones’ position as the most skilled fighter in the world.

Let’s take a closer look at his incredible talent:

Striking

Whether squaring off with Jones inside the Octagon or trying to concisely analyze the champion’s skill set, there’s one major problem: Jones has a huge variety of techniques, and he does them all quite well.

Regardless of which specific attack Jones is utilizing, they all capitalize on his lanky build. Jones has pulled techniques and setups from a large number of different martial arts, but a majority of them help him punish his opponent from the outside.

To that end, Jones has become a spectacular kicker. More than that, Jones is a man with fantastic kicks who’s entirely unconcerned about the possibility of having his kick caught and being forced to wrestle or clinch.

Those are two other areas where Jones habitually outclasses his opponent.

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