VIDEO | Throwback! Jon Jones KOs sparring partner with one punch

December 21, 2016 9:41 am by Tom Taylor

Jon Jones is known for many things.

He’s knowns as the greatest light heavyweight our sport has ever seen, and perhaps the greatest fighter ever outright. He’s known as the youngest champion in UFC history. He’s known as a troubled individual outside the cage. He’s known as an incredibly talented grappler. He’s known as a creative, and sometimes controversial striker. He has never been known, however, as a particularly hard puncher.

The numbers speak for themselves. While Jones has delivered nine strike-induced stoppages over the course of his 23-fight career, just two have them have been clean knockouts. The rest have been TKOs. No, talented as he is, Jones is far from a one-punch knockout artist.

Despite this, Jones does have the power to put his foes away with a single blow. All the proof of that claim you need can be found in the video at the top of this post. In this video, Jones can be seen knocking a sparring partner out cold with a punch. This footage is from the 2013 documentary The Proving Grounds, which shines a light on the many talented fighters that train under the tutelage of Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

At the moment, Jones is serving a year-long suspension stemming from a failed drug test in the lead up to July’s UFC 200. When we last saw him in action, he took a lacklustre decision from Ovince St. Preux in April. Prior to that win, Jones was riding high on an epic, eight-fight run as UFC light heavyweight champion, which saw him defend the title against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira and Daniel Cormier.

He’ll be eligible to compete again in July of this year.

Who do you want to see Jon Jones fight when he returns to action later this year?


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