Talented and rising light heavyweight fighter Jon “Bones” Jones recently appeared on an episode of Fighting Words with Mike Straka where he discussed how he developed his unorthodox style and also gave some insight into the men who he looked up to and modeled his fighting approach after when he first got started in MMA.
“Bones” is known for pulling off tricky moves like spinning back elbows, spinning back kicks and back fists as well. Jones revealed that he originally taught himself those moves by watching YouTube videos.
“Originally it was just funky moves I was seeing,” Jones said of what moves he looked to emulate by watching the videos. “The things that make you want to rewind it, ‘Oh, what was that?’ That was what drew me. So like, spinning back fists, things like that. Spinning back kicks. There’s lots of videos out there that, if you take it seriously enough, you can learn from it.”
Jones is one of the few fighters currently competing who can land such moves with devastating efficiency; he explained to Straka how he sees those moves fitting in with his overall style.
“I think a lot of them are low-risk moves,” said Jones. “All of the stars have to be aligned for you to land one and land one successfully. I just try to always have it with me mentally, always thinking about great times to pull it off, always shadowboxing the moves and visualizing the moves landing. Then I just go out there and lay it out on the line. Most people don’t practice defending things like that so it makes it a little more likely to land when you think about it all the time.”
Jones has quickly become the man-to-watch in the UFC’s light heavyweight division and, should he continue with his winning ways, will likely be in place to challenge for a title shot soon. A fact made all the more exciting that the doors he opens up could lead to matchups with some of his former MMA idols.
“To be honest with you, I did look up to ‘Shogun,'” said “Bones.” “I admire the fact that at the age of 22 he won a Pride championship. That’s awesome. That gave me the confidence that I can win a world championship at the age of 22 or 23. I looked up to ‘Shogun,’ Anderson Silva. Now that I’m realizing that I can fight these guys in the future I don’t look up them as much.”
Jon Jones is currently 11-1 as a professional mixed martial artist and 5-1 in the UFC. His only loss came via disqualification (illegal elbows) in a fight against Matt Hamill that saw him dominate every moment of the action. Since that bout he has stopped both Brandon Vera and Vladimir Matyushenko by TKO in the first round.