UFC 295 is eagerly anticipated, scheduled to take place on November 11 at Madison Square Garden. The headline bout will feature Jon Jones defending his UFC heavyweight title against former champion Stipe Miocic. Notably, this event marks Jones’ first defense of his heavyweight title and might also be a pivotal moment in his illustrious career.
Seeking victory at UFC 295, Jon Jones has enlisted the assistance of one of the world’s most elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, Gordon Ryan. Ryan recently shared a photo of himself alongside Jones on Instagram, confirming his involvement in Jones’ training camp for the event.
In response to Ryan’s post, Jones wittily remarked, “Meanwhile, Stipe over there preparing for a boxing match.” This comment followed Miocic’s revelation that he was actively pursuing a boxing match before finalizing his bout with Jones.
Taking to Twitter, Jones expressed his excitement about working with Gordon Ryan and hinted that he learned valuable lessons during their training sessions.
He wrote, “My boy, Gordon Ryan served me up a large hot piece of humble pie tonight. It was exactly what I was looking for, at the same time my emotions are all messed up. Going to have a hard time sleeping tonight.. expect singing videos at 2 AM 😩”
Furthermore, Jones emphasized his determination by training with a rising star like Ryan, despite facing a seasoned fighter like Miocic. He tweeted, “Training with a 28-year-old phenom to fight a 41-year-old goat. I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. The trenches are where I belong.”
However, this collaboration between Jones and Ryan has sparked speculation in the MMA community. Jon Jones is renowned for his versatility in the octagon, often outsmarting opponents in various aspects of mixed martial arts. While Jones is acknowledging the importance of honing his grappling skills, some believe this openness might be a tactical move.
Jones previously expressed a desire to turn into a submission specialist and minimize the brain damage he’ll acrue in the final stage of his MMA career.