UFC Quick Quote: 'Jon Jones will soon reach Anderson Silva-level striking'

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

If you think you know "Bones," think again: Striking coach Mike Winkeljohn assures fight fans they 'haven't seen anything yet' as Jon Jones will soon be at the same place striking-wise as Anderson Silva.

"Since he's come to camp, I'm real blessed that this young man listens and he went from being mostly a wrestler to now he's turning over to becoming a great striker in the division. He's almost there, he's almost to that Anderson Silva place where he is going to start getting those one punch and one kick knockouts. Just wait, you haven't seen anything yet."

-- No one ever accused Jon Jones of having one-punch knockout power, though he has had his fair share of technical knockout (TKO) victories of which Mauricio Rua, Vladimir Matyushenko and Brandon Vera can attest. But, as with anything, one can always get better, and with the help of striking coach Mike Winkeljohn, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion will soon be at the level of Anderson Silva... as far as striking goes. Speaking to Sherdog Radio, Winkeljohn, one of "Bones'" trainers, says that even though the 25-year-old phenom was primarily a wrestler when he arrived at Jackson-Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts in Albuquerque, N.M., his evolution as a lethal striker is coming along just fine and will soon rival that of "The Spider," a 37-year-old veteran who truly hit his stride when he turned 30. With a solid head start, and five years to go until he hits Silva's magic number, he, too, will likely be knocking out people with one well-placed kick or punch ... maybe even an elbow, Tony Fryklund style. We all just have to wait and see. Now, if we can just get them to agree to fight one another.

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