Craig Jones destroys Sambo: (Islam’s) just good at holding people down, I don’t think he has good submissions

Craig Jones is busy helping Alex Volkanovski prepare to defend his Pound for Pound UFC championship. Volkanovski will be taking on Islam Makhachev in the main event of UFC 284 in Perth, Australia.

Jones hails from Australia and is infamous for his humor. He fired first major set of shots from the Volkanovski camp when he deconstructed Makhachev’s game. As per calfkicker:

“He’s just good at holding people down like he submits people, but I don’t think he has good submissions, you know what I mean? ”


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“Like it’s a wrestling culture and they obviously have some submissions in Sambo and stuff. But Sambo is pretty bad as a grappling art. I, you know, like a lot of the sambo guys in the tournaments, they want heel hooks bans, you know so it’s not a complete grappling on the ground.”

“But again, what he does well is his ability to hold people down from half guard and close guard especially. And then as they make bad decisions, he’s able to pounce on submissions.”

“But even still, like, obviously it’s hard for me to say this, but even when I look at him, submit. Charles Oliveira If you looked at how he submitted him, he grabbed his neck and he squeezed him as hard as he could.”

“To me, I look at that. I see that as an inefficient choke. You know, if he didn’t get that, he’s burning his arms out, you know? ”

Jones went on to claim that Brian Ortega was a superior grappler compared to Makhachev:

“Ortega’s more dangerous on the ground. Obviously Ortega’s taken more losses. His submissions are better than Islam’s. I think Ortega could give Islam a good fight honestly. So I mean I think him escaping Ortega submissions will be more impressive than him escaping Islam submissions.”

Jones went on to detail that he’s growing his moustache back after shaving it earlier in camp. He was allegedly scared to be accosted by Dagestanis similar to Artem Lobov and instead opted to mimic Islam Makhachev in other areas of his life.