Coach: Jones will probably never take short notice fight againGet the Full StoryJon Jones wrestling coach, Izzy Martinez, says there are 'too many variables' for the pound-for-pound #1 to consider taking another short notice fight. Although Jon Jones was crowned UFC interim light heavyweight champion at UFC 197, many fans were disappointed in his performance.
The Jackson-Wink protege had been out of action for over a year due to legal troubles, and many expected 'Bones' to make a statement against #6 ranked Ovince Saint Preux. Jones did cruise to a unanimous decision victory, but the 28-year-old was lacking the championship spark and tenacity fans had grown accustomed to.
Jones admitted in the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that it wasn't the return he had anticipated, and UFC president Dana White believed the former official champion got off lightly by avoiding Daniel Cormier in the main event. Jones was originally scheduled to take on 'DC' at UFC 197, but the former Olympian was forced to pull out due to injury.
Trying to analyze where things might have gone wrong for Jones, wrestling coach Izzy Martinez believes the late opponent-change was definetely a factor. The Albuquerque-based coach says Jones is unlikely to accept another short notice fight in the future.
"I just think Jonny was...he's a programmed fighter so it's kind of crazy with Jon," Martinez said on Brian Stann's Toe-2-Toe Siriux XM radio show h t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting . "We were okay with him taking the fight but I don't think Jon Jones will ever take a short notice fight again because there are too many variables that we didn't prepare for. When you're so focused on one person, and then you get a different person, you know it's tough."
Prior to accepting a fight with OSP, the last time Jones was offered a late-replacement opponent was against Chael Sonnen at UFC 151. The Rochester-native turned the fight down, which forced the UFC to cancel the entire pay-per-view. Jones later fought and TKO'd Sonnen at UFC 159 the following year.
The pound-for-pound great will rematch Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 200, which is scheduled to take place on July 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.