Jon Jones explains how training with Greg Jackson has improved his gamePosted on July 23, 2010, 04:06 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Set to tackle hardy veteran Vladimir Matyushenko, rising star Jon Jones will step into the Octagon for the 6th time on August 1st. Headlining the UFC second card on the Versus card, Jones will look to improve on his 10-1 record. The unorthodox striker is well known for catching opponents off guard with his level of stand up, as well as his 84 inch reach.
Jones recently made the move to train with Greg Jackson's team in New Mexico. Jackson's gym currently houses fighters like Rashad Evans, Shane Carwin, Georges St. Pierre, Nate Marquadt and Joe Stephenson amongst others, so Jones is in great hands.
When asked at the UFC media call about how training under Jackson's tutelage, Jones explained how it had helped him as a fighter:
"The biggest thing about Greg Jackson is he takes control of his athletes and we're his athletes. And so, you know, he won't allow me to come into practice and, you know, hit the bag if I want to just hit the bag or, you know, today I want to just wrestle so I get to just wrestle. I'm - everything I do is under Greg's control and I'm at his - his student and his protégé. So, you know, when I come to practice, he tells me what I'm going to do and he makes me do everything that I do.
And he makes me take my training to different levels. I mean, when I'm feeling too sore and, you know, I'll say, you know, I'm not going to be really (productive) for the third practice say, you know, I have to be there because I, you know, I had to account for not being there to Greg.
So Greg has just made my whole game close up. I mean, I'm feeling better and better and better off my back, I'm - my standups are getting better, my guard passe have gotten better, my ground and pound has definitely gotten better. You know, and he's, you know, he's making me - he's just making me so much better. He makes me do - he makes me train the way he wants me to train. It's not my program, it's his program. And I think it's been proven that his program definitely works."
Despite only being 23, Jones is sending shock waves around the Light Heavyweight division, almost annihilating every opponent the UFC put in his way. Come August 1st, we will find out if "The Janitor" will be added to that list.