Reason 4: Educational excellence

Even with great athletic ability and a passion to punch another human being in the skull, legendary fighters are usually attached to the hip by a world-class coach.

In the case of Jones, he’s been extremely fortunate to have MMA mastermind Greg Jackson and striking wizard Mike Winkeljohn by his side for the majority of his career. They’ve helped him develop physically, prepare mentally, and emotionally handle the pressure of fighting the best in the world.

That’s not to say that “Bones” couldn’t be where he is today if he had trained under a different teaching tandem, but Jackson and Winkeljohn continue to mold his greatness to this day.

Dan is a former contributor, MMA featured columnist, editor and a University of Tennessee graduate. He has been featured on Countdown to UFC 171 and SiriusXM Fight Club, while covering events such as: UFC 169 Barao vs. Faber II; UFC on Fuel TV Korean Zombie vs. Poirier; UFC on FX Browne vs. Bigfoot; UFC on FX Maynard vs. Guida; Bellator 123 Curran vs. Freire.