It’s no secret that Jon Jones has a habit of poking his opponents in the eyes. In fact, there have been entire articles dedicated to examining each and every eye poke that Jones has committed on his past foes. The controversy doesn’t necessarily come from the eye pokes themselves, but if this long history of breaking this rule reveals Jones’ intent. Does he do this intentionally and bank on the fact that he has not been penalized?
In each and every instance, Jones does the same thing with his arms that results in an eye poke. He brings his rear hand up against his face and his lead arm he extends straight out, fingers extended. Now, this is not an uncommon practice, especially in fighters with long reach. It’s a sort of stiff arm technique, using the arms (and fingers apparently) to create a buffer zone that men with shorter reaches can’t get past. In training and Muay Thai boxing, there is no harm in practicing such a technique because the fingers are padded by boxing gloves.
The fact of the matter is, now matter how many other fighters do it, Jones has gotten away with a handful of eye pokes and seems to be forming a pattern. His opponent, Daniel Cormier, has outright called Jones on it and claimed that he is considering wearing goggles during their fight.
A few days ago, Luke Rockhold, UFC middleweight fighter and training partner of Daniel Cormier revealed the technique he and Phil Davis have been practicing to prepare Cormier for Jones’ eye pokes. (check out the video via instagram)
Unfortunately for all men involved, it was revealed yesterday that the Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, originally scheduled for UFC 178, has been pushed back to UFC 182 on January 3rd. Jones suffered an ankle injury while training for the bout with Cormier and will be unable to compete by the fight’s original date of September 27th.
Reports indicate that Jones suffered this injury while defending a takedown from training partner and famed UFC heavyweight, Alistair Overeem. Though injuries happen quite frequently, Greg Jackson, Jones’ and Overeem’s head coach, made it clear that there was nothing going on during the practice that was out of the ordinary.
It’s part of the game, Somebody went for a takedown, Jones stepped the wrong way, twisted the wrong way and down he went. He was fighting it, and he just twisted it. And then it just popped…
As a result of the injury, which speculation reveals could be a torn meniscus and sprained ankle, UFC 178 will now be headlined by a title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso for the UFC’s flyweight championship.
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Tags: Alistair Overeem, Chris Cariaso, Daniel Cormier, Injury, Jon Jones, Luke Rockhold, MMA, Phil Davis, UFC, UFC 178, UFC 182
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