If anyone were to ask who the most-dominant fighters in men’s MMA is, plenty will say it is Jon Jones. Beginning his career back in 2008, “Bones” probably has one of the best records in MMA overall at 21-1-0, 16 of those victories in the UFC. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion fought against some of the best fighters in his division like Ryan Bader, Maurício Rua, Lyoto Machina, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson, and current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Cormier. However, Jones being a suspect in a hit-and-run back in April of this year was enough grounds for the UFC to suspend him and strip him of his title.
Now six months later, the issues surrounding Jon Jones and his hit-and-run incident have been settled enough for UFC to reinstate him. Some however have expressed their disdain for his reinstatement, including former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson. “Rampage” actually went on record to say “Bones” is not good for MMA because he injures fighters.
Quinton Jackson made his thoughts known when he appeared as a guest on AXS TV’s Inside MMA (interview embedded above), as reported by MMA Mania. During his interview, Jackson made it clear that Jones is bad for the sport of MMA in general.
“I hope he comes back. I hope he learns from his mistake…. But I’m not saying it because I’m a fan of Jon Jones because honestly I think that Jon Jones is bad for the sport, because when he fights people, he injures us. He kicked my knee backwards, my knee is never the same. He’s done it to a couple other guys. I saw him rip one guy’s shoulder out his socket. We just try to the same thing he’s trying to do, earn a living and do the sport that we love. We don’t go in there to try and injure people, even though I tried to fold an opponent in half, but he made me angry, it was something that he did to me, I had a history…. But this guy’s doing it to every opponent. He’s kicking their knees backwards and really trying to hurt people. So I think that’s bad for the sport.”
For those who did not know, Quinton Jackson was Jon Jones’ first opponent in UFC in which he defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. According to Fan Sided, Jones used numerous push kicks to keep Jackson at bay. This includes numerous kicks to Jackson’s knees (though Jones will say it was above the knee).
To be fair, Quinton Jackson may be saying what he said because he may have sour grapes for Jon Jones. On the other hand, Jones has been criticized numerous times for his fighting style and how some of the moves he uses have a higher rate of injury or may cause irreparable damage. Along with his flurry of low kicks that aim just above the knee, he was also reprimanded numerous times for keeping his fingers extended out just in front of his opponents’ faces. As a result, Jones at times will end up poking his opponents in the eyes. Needless to say, when Dana White brought up that he would stop Jones from poking eyes, “Bones” actually took to Instagram and mocked him.
Will Jon Jones change his tactics with his comeback? That is a question that will be answered in time. But for now, all the MMA community can do in regards to Jon Jones is marvel how he’s preparing to take on the UFC light heavyweight division, especially a video of him deadlifting 525 pounds.
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