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I've just stumbled into it, but it looks like a lot of Greg Jackson camp stuff. First few paras: Greg Jackson, the single most successful trainer in the multi-billion-dollar sport of professional mixed martial arts fighting, works out of a musty old gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not far from the base of the Sandia Mountains. On a recent morning, the 38-year-old Jackson, who has the cauliflowered ears and bulbous nose of a career fighter, watched two of his students square off inside the chain-link walls of a blood-splattered ring called the Octagon. One of them was Jon Jones, the light heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the premier MMA league. In four weeks, Jones would be defending his title against Rashad Evans, an expert fighter and his former training partner. To prepare him, Jackson had set up a sparring session with Shawn "The Savage" Jordan, a heavyset fighter from Baton Rouge. Jones and Jordan met in the middle of the ring. Jordan threw first. Jones backpedaled and protected his face with his forearms. "Look for that space, Jones!" Jackson hollered. "You. Do. Not let him close those angles on you." Jordan threw a flurry of blows. To me, the exchange appeared disorganized, nonsensical—a blur of flesh, sinew and the red flash of Jordan’s mouth guard. To Jackson, it was a logical sequence, one with only one possible effective response. "Jones," he said, "move inside." The fighter seemed to hesitate. If he moved within range of Jordan’s fists, he risked catching a glove square in the face. "Go on," Jackson said. Jones ducked under one fist and whipped his right leg out in a short arc. The kick missed. Jordan threw again. This time Jones dropped down, flicked his head to the side, and, leaping off one foot, launched a flying jab followed by a knee to Jordan’s midsection, which landed with a wet whoompf. Jordan groaned and crumpled onto the mat. "Goddamn, Jones!" Jackson yelled. "Exactly correct." Producing a notepad from his back pocket, Jackson sketched a spiderweb of circles and lines. It was a game tree, he explained—a graph game theorists use to analyze a sequence of decisions. In a traditional game tree, each circle, or node, represents the point at which a decision can be made. Each line, or edge, represents the decision itself. Game trees eventually end in a terminal node—either a tie or a win for one of the players. This game tree, Jackson told me, showed the exchange between Jones and Jordan from Jones’s perspective.

Jon Jones Arrested for DUI


Simply quoting the article from TMZ UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon "Bones" Jones was arrested early this morning for DUI after he totaled his Bentley in upstate New York ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Jones was involved in an accident at around 5:00 AM in Binghamton, NY. We're told the car -- which Jones crashed into a pole -- was totaled and cops arrested Jones on the scene for DUI. According to our sources, Jones was taken into custody by Broome County Sheriff and bailed out a few hours later ... by his mom. Jones is from nearby Ithaca.

New Jon Jones interview: Rashad brags about laying on me; when I get on top, people bleed

Link to my video interview with Jon Jones for Bleacher Report, Jones addressed many topics, including a detailed breakdown of how meditating by water helped him whup Lyoto Machida, the possibility of teammates spying for Rashad, the chapter devoted to Rashad in his book of moves, Rashad’s top game, and if he'd consider challenging Junior dos Santos for the heavyweight title should Jones emerge from the his title-defense unscathed. a few quotes: Does Rashad have spies in camp? I'm not worried about spies, even though spies have been a part of combat history since the beginning history. I'm not worried about it. I have so many moves, and I'm so versatile in my attacks. He could have a list of 12 moves that I do. He doesn't know which one I'm going to do when. He doesn't have impeccable and impregnable timing and defense, so I'm not to worried about it. When I first got here I was like 'coach, should I trust everyone? What should I do?' And Coach was like 'hey, these guys are better than that.' On top game and striking: [Rashad] thinks that him holding me down in practice means a lot. It doesn't. Holding me down kills nothing but the clock. His top game, I'm not afraid of it. He doesn't go for submissions, really. When I get on top of someone, you see blood within the first few seconds. Instantly. He gets on top of people, you know, people get back to their feet and they start fighting again. I'm not worried about his top game. ...We've never been so prepared, more sharp. Especially in the kickboxing department. We have so many combinations that we think are going to land. Before every fight, Jones has a ritual of finding some running water. There's something about the sound of water that calms me, that relaxes me. I feel at peace, just watching that stream, watching the power of water, thinking about Bruce Lee and how water crashes, thinking about how Bruce Lee says water can flow, thinking about how water is limitless. So I watch the water before the fight and I get empowered by water. So, going in between rounds, a lot of fighters start to panic. Coach, what am I gonna do? Man I'm tired. I only have one minute to recover. I gotta go back out there. Oh man. Give me the magic words. Tell me the what I gotta do to win. I find myself getting flooded with these thoughts in between rounds. So what I try to do is close my eyes, and I focus on the water. I focus on the the sound of the water. I focus on the heart rate that I had when I was looking at the water earlier in the day. And I focus on the beauty and the fresh air. In between all of these beautiful thoughts, I find myself recovered. I'm like, wow. My blood pressure just went down. My heart rate just went back down. And I'm simplifying where I'm at, and now I'm actually able to focus my thoughts on what my coaches are telling me. And they're telling me...advice. For example in my last fight, going into round two, first thing I did I breathed and focused in. They said 'Jon, Lyoto's trying to hit you every time you throw a kick, so fake a kick and throw a nine or a blue.' I heard my coaches clear as day. Instantly totally understood what I had to do. And about two minutes into that second round I found that shot, the exact shot that my coach asked me to take. And it led to the fight being ended. So, that's why I look for water."

Jon Jones Goes Through Police Academy Training (For Fun)


UFC LHW champion Jon Jones goes through some police academy training drills to see what it might like to be a cop. He really seemed to enjoy it.

Jackson and Winkeljohn: the Click and Clack of MMA strategists


When these two coaches get together, things get goofy. Which makes getting a straight answer from "The Tapout Brothers" a little challenging.

Who Will Bare All In The New 'Body Issue' Of ESPN The Magazine?

Jon Jones. He won the UFC light-heavyweight title in March with a TKO win against Mauricio Rua.

Is Silva versus Henderson better at 205?

"Why would the UFC give its middleweight champion a fight against a guy who doesn’t want to fight at middleweight? Instead -- if Silva beats Sonnen/Stann and Hendo beats Rua -- doesn’t it make more sense to entice "The Spider" into a fight at light heavyweight, where Henderson will be most dangerous and where Silva has looked like an absolute wrecking machine in two previous appearances? That way, in the somewhat unlikely event that Silva were to lose, he’d still be marketable as the UFC middleweight champion. If he won, well, that would only make the possibility of a fight against Jones seem all the more real." Gotta say, it makes sense.

Fisher and Kbone discuss Jones vs. Jackson


Part 3 of UFC 135 conversation, discussing Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson,

Proof: Jon Jones is juicing


"I really think this is going to give me the edge against Rampage" Jon Jones

Mike Winkeljohn: Rashad Evans is most dangerous matchup for Jon Jones


With Greg Jackson bowing out of Condit vs GSP, his partner, striking coach Mike Winkeljohn, prepares for the spotlight. He spoke with Bleacher Report about Jon Jones, Condit, teammates fighting each other, and the importance of body blows.

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