Jon Jones wants to be Bruce Lee with BJJ

by Steven Marrocco | source:


Jon Jones is long removed from his days as a YouTube warrior; mining the Internet for instructional clips he could incorporate into his arsenal.

One of his favorite concepts from his wrestling days was misdirection – fake one way and go another. Keep your opponent off-balance. Be unpredictable.

These days, he travels a great deal around his home state of New York, still learning to fight, trying to glean as many perspectives as possible. Now, everything is in real time.

A year ago, he was a bouncer with a JC wrestling championship under his belt. MMA was quick money and would support his pregnant fiancé. But it would also appeal to an unbinding love for Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali.

“Bruce Lee’s strategy was, ‘the way is to have no way,’” he said. “So, basically that’s just being formless, trying to incorporate as many angles, aspects, and mindsets from different trainers and cultures.”

It’s been around a year since he leaped headfirst into the sport, and has a camp in Team Bomb Squad. Many peg him as the next big thing in the light heavyweight division. He did it with misdirection – grab a kick, throw a spinning elbow, stop Joe Silva in his tracks.

Wise beyond his 22 years, he’s not ready to fall into the trap of believing his own hype.

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Domingo site profile image  

6/29/09 11:06 AM by Domingo

I like how he said he's been working on submissions from the front headlock. Like he said, Jake's pretty much going to make him fight from that position a lot. Jones by either anaconda or d'arce at the end of round 1.

disbeliever site profile image  

6/29/09 10:41 AM by disbeliever

He needs to grow the afro

Pandanus site profile image  

6/29/09 10:13 AM by Pandanus

Jon Jones is going to be Kareem Abdul Jabaar. They've got similar reach.

inf0 site profile image  

6/29/09 9:58 AM by inf0

First he says Machida isn't Bruce Lee and now he says he wants to be Bruce? Someone has Bruce Lee on the brain...

PAGrappler412 site profile image  

6/29/09 9:49 AM by PAGrappler412

ttt for NY fighters!

Some Sexy Guy site profile image  

6/29/09 9:46 AM by Some Sexy Guy

Good interview, and great fucking attitude.I chuckled at the comment about him waiting to fill out and get his "man strength".

thefightingsheep site profile image  

6/29/09 9:27 AM by thefightingsheep

It's encouraging to see a guy with his physical talents approach the sport from a philosophical standpoint.  This guy might end up being very, very good.