Too soon? UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is being compared to "The Greatest," Muhammad Ali by "Bones" coach Mike Winkeljohn. Photo via mit.zenfs.com via Getty Images
Slow it down there, Winky, those are some mighty big shoes to fill.
Striking coach Mike Winkeljohn has high praise for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is fresh off another dominant win inside the Octagon, this time over former division kingpin Lyoto Machida back at UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto.
The win for "Bones," the fourth of his 2011 fight campaign, further evolved the young champion's striking game, which may soon "be at the highest K-1 kickboxing level" with a jab that "will be comparable to a Muhammad Ali jab" in future fights.
Hear Wink's assessment, courtesy of Sherdog's "Savage Dog Show," after the jump.
"The sky’s the limit for the kid. People don’t understand. He does have knockout power in both hands, and his feet are getting to the point where people don’t want to be taking those kicks. They will be at the highest K-1 kickboxing level here soon. It’s just a matter of time through repetition and confidence to get there. People haven’t seen how explosive his knees are. We’ve seen him drop elbows on people, but he can do that standing up as well. I know one buzzed by Machida early in the fight. He’s capable of becoming so much better than he is right now. He’s just scary. I don’t know what people are going to do with him. Really. He’s getting faster. I think he’s going to have a jab that’s going to be comparable to a Muhammad Ali jab as far as dominating his opponent when he wants to use it."
Jones overcame a rocky start against "The Dragon" in the second round of their UFC 140 title fight, taking him down and splitting him open with a nasty elbow from the top.
Machida eventually made it back to his feet, where he was subsequently trapped against the cage and choked unconscious with a standing guillotine.
Anyone see anything from Jones in that fight -- or fights past -- that would indicate his jab will eventually be on par with "The Greatest?" Or is Winkeljohn simply enamored with his prize pupil?