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Author: Ed Gallo

The Wrestling of Jon Jones: Adaptation or Deterioration?

(Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images) In 2009, Jon Jones captured the attention of MMA fans. After only training in mixed martial arts for about a year, the young phenom displayed prodigious development in his striking and an athletic style that immediately translated to physical dominance. Those in the know may not have been particularly impressed with his flashy, understandably messy striking, but the wrestling ability of the junior college national champion was undeniably phenomenal. For more context on what Jones’ wrestling credentials actually mean, please reference Coach Mike Riordan‘s article on the subject. 10 years later, predictably, Jon Jones is a...

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Jussier Formiga Striking Evaluation: Patience and Predictability

(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) For most of his career, Brazilian flyweight veteran Jussier Formiga has been known for his prolific back taking, masterful guard passing and persistent top control. After nearly seven years in the UFC, Formiga has transformed into a highly competent striker, rounding out his skill set to become an undeniably elite fighter, regardless of weight class. On June 29th, the number one contender will have the chance to avenge a brutal 2013 knockout loss to Joseph Benavidez. While the grappling matchup in this fight is fascinating in its own right, it is...

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