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Observing Jon "Bones" Jones

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Jon "Bones" Jones has risen among the champions of the past, such as Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, in that order. Training at Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico and briefly with The Tristar Gym, in Montreal. Jones has incorporated a variety of moves to finish his fights, nearly unprecedented in this day and age with the other 25 year old mixed martial artists in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), so what is there not to like about him? Allow me to share what I acknowledge and appreciate from this tall, long legged Light Heavyweight force.

I can't help but take notice to the progression and instantaneous finishing moves of Jones. Since his debut fight he sure has come a long way and it's not looking too good for anyone but a knockout punching 265-pound heavyweight, or someday Anderson Silva. Silva may not have the tricks on display throughout his fights, but he's got the ability to end it, in an instant.

Jon Jones had his most dazzling performance to date and under the most pressure in his career facing Mauricio "Shogun" Rua back in March of 2011; Stepping up late notice to test his mettle for the championship belt at 205. Since then, he has relied more on kicks to keep his range and drag the opposition down when the opportunity presents itself. Feeding off of the fading output and aggression of his adversary.

To make it in the UFC at the highest level of proving grounds in MMA, fighters have to generate techniques during critical moments of the fight. Let's take a look at some of the moves Jon is trying, where he could be getting them, and how well they are being implemented.

Cung Le came into his debut against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139, in one of the most prestigious match-ups of the year. Le used his side-kick to the body, using the front leg, setting up head strikes.

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Less than a month after, Jon Jones came into UFC 140 against Karate stylist Lyoto Machida with the same sort of kick added to his arsenal. He also used this technique masterfully in his latest showing this past September against Vitor Belfort at UFC 152.

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Another was a wheel kick that was strikingly similar.

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On the same night of UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida" when Jon used a standing guillotine to strangle Lyoto to sleep. It was one of those moments that separate a good fighter, from an elite fighter. Not many questions were left once he dismantled the Shotokan Karate fighter, leaving "The Dragon" motionless, face-down on the canvas gasping for air. Top UFC Welterweight contender Nick Diaz shot an instructional video in 2009 performing the identical choke, well over two years prior to the bout between Jones and Machida.

Here's the instructional video of Nick Diaz -posted below

And Jon "Bones" Jones performing the choke to a T'

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"Bones" is more than just a fighter/champion, he is a fan and an observer. A great fight or fight move can be a prime example and inspiration. He's got all he needs between Jackson/ Winkeljohn's and Tristar but he has openly said he's not as dedicated a Jiu-Jitsu player as he could be. Could Jones have went to the world famous youtube to get further influence from the smoking Stockton resident, Nick Diaz, back when he had the huge task of solving the Machida puzzle?

Let's not forget Jones will be training with UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre in preparation for a super-fight with current undefeated Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.

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