The only way a fighter can beat Jon Jones is by capitalizing off of his belief that he can outshine the opponent at their expertise
Throughout his UFC career, Jon Jones has shown to a tendency to want to prove that he is better than his opponents in every single aspect of mixed martial arts (MMA). As a result of this, every time Jones goes into the octagon he has the mindset that the fight will take place in the area where his opponents are strongest.
Jon Jones vs Ryan Bader
For instance, at UFC 126 Jon Jones fought Ryan Bader who was a decorated wrestler at Arizona State University during the early to mid-2000’s. In fact, according to thesundevils.com, Ryan Bader was an all-American wrestler at 197 pounds during the 2004-05 season after getting fourth place in the 2004 NCAA Championships.
Due to his wrestling background, Jones entered the Octagon with the mindset that he was going to take down Bader. This is because he wanted to let Bader know that his most effective weapon was useless against him.
Therefore Jones successfully attempted and captured a double leg take down thirty seconds into their fight and proceeded to grapple with him for the majority of the fight until he got the guillotine choke in the second round.
How Beat Jon Jones
Due to this, the only way a fighter can beat Jones is by capitalizing off of his belief that he can outshine the opponent at their expertise. Therefore the only fighters who have a realistic shot of beating Jon Jones are strikers with one punch or kick knockout power.
This is because Jones is going to enter those fights with the mindset of trying to show that he is a better striker than his opponent. As a result of this, Jones will stand in or at the edge of the pocket and begin to throw strikes which expose him to greater risk because it only takes one big strike to end the fight.
On the other hand, wrestlers are unlikely to pose a serious threat to Jones because they need to complete several steps before getting in position to finish a fight.
For instance, wrestlers have to decide whether they want to set up by throwing strikes or if they want to shoot for a takedown without a setup. Once this happens, wrestlers have to make sure that they clasped both hands around the legs before the opponent can obtain an under-hook.
If this happens, wrestlers need to be stronger than the opponent to pick him up and dump him on the floor; or they have to hope that the opponent gets fatigued and can’t defend the takedown.
After the fight goes to the floor, they need to figure out how to open the opponent’s guard by landing body punches that will force the opponent to lower his arms to protect the body from further damage.
As you can see wrestlers can give Jon Jones multiple chances to reset if in any danger.