There have been 18 different professional mixed martial artists to attempt to beat Jon Jones and all 18 came up short, most devastatingly so. Sure, Matt Hamill owns a victory over him, technically, but that only happened because "Bones" got himself disqualified via illegal strikes.
He was well on his way to victory before then.
Naturally, this has led fans to want the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight kingpin to test himself against some of the world's best, like UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. And while initially resistant to even talking about the possibility, both fighters have started opening up to maybe getting inside the cage and doing that dance.
To that end, the media is prone to wanting to know potential strategies in the event that bout ever came to be. Sherdog.com asked one of Silva's coaches, Josuel Distak, what the strategy is for beating Jones. His answer:
"Actually, we have not seen Jon Jones on his back. Vitor (Belfort) got his arm; he had the opportunity. Actually Jones is unpredictable. To me the strategy to do a fight with him would involve finding out how he fights on his back."
That's easier said than done, of course, and there's no telling if Silva has the physical strength or skills necessary to try that out. Rashad Evans, a much better wrestler who actually trained extensively with Jones, was unable to do so. In fact, he hardly attempted a takedown.
Distak is 100-percent right in the sense that we simply do not know how Jones would react to fighting off his back. Perhaps one day we'll find out, maybe even in his next fight, as the New York native is scheduled to battle Chael Sonnen in April 2013 in New Jersey.
Could Silva's old nemesis provide a blueprint for him? That's an intriguing thought, no?