Many believe Jon Jones had one of his greatest performances to date at UFC 214 last month, and one of his coaches says he did so, after injuring his arm shortly before.
Jones took on Daniel Cormier at the July 29th event, and took out his longtime rival with a headkick and follow up punches in round three. With the win, Jones reclaimed the light-heavyweight title that he was stripped of back in 2015.
“A couple of nights before the fight, he couldn’t lift his arm. He had hurt it wrestling,” Winkeljohn said. “He wrestled a little too hard with his partner and maybe from a lack of warm up, I’m not sure, but it was kind scary. It was one of those situations where when I was warming him up I’d ask the coaches and they had agreed, they were ahead of me on this, that we shouldn’t be doing a lot wrestling because I didn’t want Jon to try and have to underhook and lift with his one arm because it could potentially cause it to be hurt again and mess with his mindset. I wanted to keep that out of it and hopefully so that way if it got re-injured in the fight, the adrenaline would take over.
“So it was kind of scary that nobody knew about it. There was an injury behind the scenes, but Jon is who he is, he’s as tough as they come and like I said, nobody beats Jon Jones but himself. Once he decides he wants to win a fight, he’s going to win.”
This is pretty interesting news. There was certainly no indication that something was up with Jones on fight night. That’s for sure. After all, the bout marked the first time since 2013 that Jones had finished an opponent, and Cormier is without question, one of the best, pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.
Currently it remains to be seen when Jones will fight again, but he has talked about wanting to stay active, and has expressed an interest in fighting Alexander Gustafsson again.