Gameplanning for Jon Jones: Anderson Silva's trainer talks

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UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's trainer Josuel Distak talks about game planning for a hypothetical super fight with light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.

UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva trains at Brazil's X-Gym under Josuel Distak. Sherdog got Distak to discuss a potential game plan for a hypothetical super fight with UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones.

"Actually, we have not seen Jon Jones on his back," Distak said. "Vitor (Belfort) got his arm; he had the opportunity. Actually Jones is unpredictable. To me the strategy to do a fight with him would involve finding out how he fights on his back."

Distak is correct that the biggest unknown in Jones' game is his ability to fight off his back and Anderson Silva would certainly have the element of surprise going for him if he managed to get Jones on his back. Silva is absolutely lethal when battering grounded opponents.

Unfortunately, Jones is a former collegiate wrestler who has one of the best clinch games in all of MMA and the longest reach in the UFC.

But perhaps Anderson Silva's history gives us a clue as to how he could get Jones on his back. At UFC 73, Silva used a wrestling technique called a "switch" to put Nate Marquardt on his back. Could he do the same thing to Jones?

It's hard to imagine, but as Dana White keeps telling us, anything is possible in MMA.


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