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UFC 193: 'Creative' Jon Jones helping Holly Holm strategize for Ronda Rousey fight

"Bones" has been in the gym as of late helping "The Preacher's Daughter" prepare for a "Rowdy" obstacle at UFC 193 in November.

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When disgraced former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones isn't fighting, he's talking to children at local Boys & Girls Clubs around Albuquerque, New Mexico -- home base of his Jackson-Winkeljohn mixed martial arts (MMA) fight camp -- or rolling with teammates Donald Cerrone and Kyle Noke on the mat.

Or ... he could be helping current women's bantamweight No. 1 contender Holly Holm as she prepares for her title shot against Ronda Rousey at the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) inside Etihad Stadium (more on the fight card here) on Nov. 15, 2015.

"He's been helping Holly Holm a ton," Holm's striking coach Brandon Gibson told MMA Fighting. "Jon is a leader and he inspires the team and we just try to do the same for him. We try to inspire him wherever we can. He's getting stronger ever day."

Holm, of course, was slotted somewhat surprisingly opposite Rousey after bypassing incumbent No. 1 contender Miesha Tate for a crack at the "Rowdy" crown.

"The Preacher's Daughter" is 9-0 in her MMA career, 2-0 in UFC, and is faced with a stiff test in the 28-year-old Rousey (12-0), who she has "nothing but respect" for.

Holm holds Octagon wins over Raquel Pennington and Marion Reneau, while Rousey has defended her 135-pound strap six times, most recently trouncing Bethe Correia in 34 seconds at UFC 190.

Jones, Holm's training partner and teammate, has been less busy as a result of an investigation by Albuquerque authorities into whether or not he will be implicated in a hit-and-run incident, which resulted in a pregnant woman breaking her wrist.

Still, that hasn't stopped "Bones" from helping out his teammates.

"Jon is very creative and [Mike] Winkeljohn has been grooming Holly since she was a teenager," Gibson said. "I think Jon just brings a different perspective and a different view, whether it's technically or the mental aspect of it, to help prepare our sister for this championship fight and to take this title."

Jones indeed has the championship pedigree that Holm covets. The 28-year-old phenom and former pound-for-pound great has run roughshod over the likes over current 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson, and Lyoto Machida.

It turns out that Jones has been helping Holm for quite longer. Just as recently as this summer, he played a part in getting the 33-year-old contender ready for her bout against Reneau at UFC Fight Night 71 in July.

If the stars were to align correctly, Jones could possibly become the fifth champion in the Jackson-Winkeljohn stable by 2016, if he were to get his act together.

For more on the UFC 193: 'Rousey vs. Holm' fight card, click here.

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