It appears that once was enough for Jon Jones.
Last weekend, Jones returned from his suspension by the UFC, outpointing sixth-ranked light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux over five rounds in a performance many decried as lackluster. Jones’s wrestling coach Izzy Martinez puts the performance down to the lack of time Jones had to prepare and says that is likely to be the last time Jones ever fights on short notice. In an interview with Brian Stann on his SiriusXM Rush radio show Toe-2-Toe, Martinez spoke about the difficulties the short notice fight caused Jones and a why he doesn’t think Jones will ever accept another replacement fight.
“I just think Jonny was…he’s a programmed fighter so it’s kind of crazy with Jon. We were okay with him taking the fight but I don’t think Jon Jones will ever take a short notice fight again because there are too many variables that we didn’t prepare for. When you’re so focused on one person, and then you get a different person, you know it’s tough.”
Jones has originally been set to face his rival and current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier for the title until Cormier was forced to withdraw due to an injured knee three weeks out. Jones opted to take a short notice fight against Saint Preux in part, he said, to make up for refusing to fight Chael Sonnen on ten days’ notice at UFC 151 – which ended up being canceled. Jones dominated the fight with Saint Preux, winning every round on every score card and even earning a 10-8 round from judge Sal D’Amato. Still, Jones’s performance fell short of the dismantling many had predicted beforehand and his inability to finish the fight in the fifth round, despite Saint Preux’s broken arm and ….View full article
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