By Jamie McAllister
Dan Henderson’s boxing coach Gustavo Pugliesi in an interview with TATAME.
Pugliesi comments on how they plan to overcome Jon Jones reach advantage.
“I don’t hope for anything less than a knockout, but it’s not easy on Hendo. He’s putting his hands on him, buddy”
“If he didn’t have this advantage things would be much simpler,he has many flaws on his defensive system. But there’s no unbeatable reach.”
“We’re having him doing sparring with guys the same size as Jones so that Dan get used to it. It’s important not to rush things and want to punch him right away. We have to cut well the octagon, putting pressure but not rushing into things. We have to try to make the octagon small, leaving no space out for Jones to escape Henderson. We have to use a lot of flow, combine kicks, move the head and work on the reach”.
Pugliesi feels Jon Jones will opt to take the bout to the ground in an attempt to avoid Henderson’s striking.
“I guess he’s going to surprise and will want to take him down right away but Dan is aware of it and has been working to avoid Jon’s advantage on that aspect too”.