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Puzzling strategy from Jones all season


I am an unabashed fan of Jon Bones Jones. I love his approach to competing and believe him to be a true freak of nature with the natural talent and work ethic to become the GOAT. However, even before this season of TUF started I questioned how effective his coaching might be. Sure enough, throughout this season he has done some puzzling things both in the (heavily edited) coaching sessions as well as the fight picks.

The strange decisions began when he picked Clint Hester over Uriah or Josh. While Hester had an impressive entry fight, it was known that he was a specialist and not yet a well rounded martial artist. He then started the whole tourney off by putting his shortest and most muscle bound fighter against the tallest (and at the time seemingly one of the most dangerous) guy. I thought, ok maybe the editing isn't allowing us to see that Gilbert has the chops to take out Chael's #1 pick. Nope.

More odd decisions in fight picks followed culminating in last night's truly mind-boggling fight picking session with Uncle Dana. "I'd like to see Josh and Uriah, Dylan and Kelvin." What?! Even Chael had a look on his face that seemed to say "This guys doing my job for me today." Why would you want your fighter (Josh) that has stopped all of his fights in Round 1 to face Chael's guy that has hospitalized all of his opponents in the semi finals? Even if your number two guy (Dylan) gets past Kelvin he'd have to face Uriah in the final with little to no shot of winning the tourney. Wouldn't you want your strongest guy to get to the final so you'd at least have a chance of winning the whole thing?

Can anyone explain his logic?

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