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Jon Jones begins jiu-jitsu training at Gracie Barra to address ‘weakness’

Jon JonesJon Jones began jiu-jitsu training at Gracie Barra in New Mexico this week to address what he calls his “weakness.”

Already the UFC light heavyweight champion and considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Jones comes from a wrestling background. He was an All-American wrestler at Iowa Central Community College. He is also an outstanding striker, and he embraces many Muay Thai techniques, winning several of his fights with knee and elbow strikes.

Jones has said for a while that he needs more work on his jiu-jitsu, and admitted last year that he doesn’t practice it daily. He signed up to train at the Gracie Barra school in Albuquerque to address it.

He tweeted about his experience Wednesday:

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Jon Jones gets a little weird tweeting about his newborn daughter

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On Monday, Jon Jones and his fiancee had their third child, a baby girl named Olivia. The UFC light heavyweight champion proudly tweeted about his fiancee getting through the painful process, and he also proudly tweeted about his new daughter.

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Daniel Cormier wants Jon Jones

daniel cormierDaniel Cormier made it clear after his win over Dion Staring Saturday night that he is coming for Jon Jones.

Cormier beat Staring in Oklahoma City by second-round TKO, absolutely demolishing his opponent with an array of punches. The fight was part of Strikeforce’s final card as the promotion plans to close operations.

Cormier announced after his win that he has signed a contract to fight in the UFC. He is scheduled to fight Frank Mir first, and then he wants Jones.

“Right now I’m telling you: April 20 on FOX — I signed my UFC contract — Frank Mir, you and me, let’s do it.”

When asked whether he would drop from heavyweight to light heavyweight to face Jones, he seemed game.

“I’m going to let Jon defend his belt April 27 and then I’m going to kick his ass in the fall,” said Cormier.

Cormier currently fights as a heavyweight, so he would likely have to cut somewhere between 20-30 pounds to prepare for Jones. Or, he could wait and see if Jones comes up in weight, which is something the UFC champion has discussed doing.

Cormier is 11-0 and recorded impressive wins over Big Foot Silva and Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. His punching ability and rich wrestling background will make him a dangerous contender when he joins the UFC. I’d prefer for him to wait for Jones to move up to heavyweight rather than drop down. We also should not overlook his fight with Mir who, despite coming off a loss to Junior dos Santos, is very dangerous.

Anderson Silva open to fighting Jon Jones?

Anderson Silva and Jon Jones have maintained for quite some time that they’re not interested in fighting each other. Jones has said he doesn’t want to face Silva because he has too much to lose. Silva has expressed similar thought. Another issue is that neither fighter wants to change weight classes; Silva fights at 185 and Jones is 205.

But after UFC President Dana White talked about offering them so much money they wouldn’t be able to turn down the fight, Silva suddenly seemed open to the possibility.

According to Bloody Elbow, Silva told Brazilian TV network SporTV that he would be open to the fight. Here’s what he said courtesy of a Bloody Elbow translation:

“People are talking about that so much that… I don’t have this ambition, this (fight) doesn’t motivate me, especially since they have other athletes in my team, such as Lil’ Nog, Maldonado, Feijao, Caldeirao (Wagner Prado), that are in his weight class. My weight class is 185, my belt is of that weight class. But people are talking so much about this, and we are employees of the UFC. Of course, I could be saying that I don’t want it, but what if he goes out and accepts the money Dana is proposing for him to fight? It will be hard (not to accept it). It’s not the money that motivates me to fight, I fight because I like it. So, I don’t know. I wouldn’t like (to fight him). But if it’s going to happen, it would have to be at a catchweight. The belt shouldn’t be at play. I already have mine and I don’t want a belt to be left at the side.”

Silva saying that a potential fight would have to be at a catchweight is a big difference from the firm denials he gave in the past. Jones has an upcoming fight with Chael Sonnen in April, and Silva may be facing Georges St-Pierre next. Could Jones and Silva fight after that? It certainly seems like a possibility.

Chael Sonnen, Jon Jones to fight, coach on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’

After all the drama surrounding the cancelation of UFC 151 because of Jon Jones’ refusal to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice, the UFC finally has the fight it wanted. UFC President Dana White told the LA Times’ Lance Pugmire that Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones will serve as coaches for the third edition of “The Ultimate Fighter” on FX, and then fight in April.

The show is set to begin shooting in two weeks, with the “TUF” finale in April.

“This should be a good one,” White said of matching arguably his organization’s best fighter against its top personality. “Jon has accepted the fight. He knows the fans want to see that fight.”

Jones’ fight date is not for six months because he needs some time off to recover from the arm injury suffered in a win over Vitor Belfort last month.

As embarrassed as Dana White was to cancel the entire UFC 151 card, he has to be feeling almost the opposite now. Jones’ talent combined with Sonnen’s personality and ability to trash talk should not only send ratings for “TUF” sky-rocketing, but they should also produce excellent pay-per-view buy numbers. The organization will also have several months to properly promote the fight, unlike the UFC 151 card which would have been organized on short notice.

It truly seems like this is a middle ground between Jones and the UFC, and a sign that the two sides are repairing their relationship. And you know that Sonnen is dying for this; he’s been steadily baiting Jones over Twitter for the last several months, even sending the note below a few weeks ago over Twitter:

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Jon Jones may have nerve damage in his biceps from armbar

Jon Jones overcame an early threat by Vitor Belfort to defend his UFC 152 light heavyweight title match, but it may have come at a cost.

Jones was caught in an armbar by Belfort in the second minute of the fight, and he said doctors feared he may have suffered some nerve damage in his biceps as a result.

Belfort had the armbar locked and was cranking it for about 15 seconds before Jones escaped. Jones said after the fight that he refused to submit and that he was prepared to have his arm broken.

“It was popping. After 25 years, I’ve never felt that feeling before,” he said in his post-fight press conference. “I just came to terms with what was going to happen.”

“I honestly was waiting for it to break,” Jones told Joe Rogan. “I was not going to tap out. But man, I’ll tell you what, I’ve never felt that before. I’ve got a lot of resting with it to do.”

Belfort said post-fight that he eased his hold when he was about to break Jones’ arm, like he didn’t have the heart to go through with the brutal move. Jones was able to recover to win the fight despite the injured limb.

“It just felt numb. It was a really numb feeling. It definitely didn’t feel powerful at all,” he said.

Jones officially won by a fourth-round submission via americana. Somehow he didn’t let his severely injured arm keep him from dominating the rest of the way. Maybe that’s because he was able to do so much damage with his uninjured left elbow.

It was a strong showing for Jones who undoubtedly will need some time to heal after overcoming a scare from the Brazilian. Jones is now 17-1 and has won eight fights in a row.

Jon Jones: Chael Sonnen is a ‘punk, thug’

Jon Jones ripped Chael Sonnen and revealed his disappointment with Dana White in his first extended interview since the UFC 151 debacle.

Jones discussed many topics with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Tuesday, including his negative thoughts about Chael Sonnen.

“Chael Sonnen? He’s a punk. He’s a thug,” Jones said. “He calls himself the ‘American Gangster’ and he ratted on all of his friends in the money laundering situation. And he calls himself gangster? That’s not gangster. The guys a straight punk that uses his mouth. He won’t be remembered in history because he loses. People remember in history the winners, not people with big mouths.”

Jones also called Sonnen “irrelevant,” saying, “his mouth is the only gift that he has.”

Jones notably denied the Wrestling Observer report that said he asked Dana White to have Chael Sonnen stop harassing him. He also denied that Dana White told him the entire UFC 151 card would be cancelled if he turned down his fight. That’s contrary to what White told the media on a conference call; he said Jones knew the consequences, so one of them most not be completely telling the truth.

Jones also said he was “hurt” by Dana White ripping him.

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