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Mike Winkeljohn says Holly Holm will return early 2020, wants Aspen Ladd fight

Cole Shelton - November 29, 2019

Holly Holm is coming off of a knockout loss to Amanda Nunes, which marked a failed bid to reclaim the UFC bantamweight title. She was expected to return against Raquel Pennington at UFC 243, but an injury forced her to pull out. Now, according to JacksonWink MMA coach, Mike Winkeljohn, the hope is that Holm will return in early 2020.

Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones, Rashad Evans
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Mike Winkeljohn discusses possible heavyweight move for Jon Jones

Cole Shelton - November 29, 2019

One of the biggest question fans ask Jon Jones is when will he move to heavyweight and will he fight Daniel Cormier again? The Cormier trilogy is a massive fight, and many want to see him try his luck at heavyweight given he is practically cleared out the light heavyweight division. Yet, according to Jones’ coach in Mike Winkeljohn, “Bones” is committed to 205 pounds right now.

Jon Jones, Israel Adesanya, Daniel Cormier
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Mike Winkeljohn believes Jon Jones vs. Israel Adesanya will happen but it won't be a close fight

Cole Shelton - November 27, 2019

Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya have been going back-and-forth at one another on social media and a fight between the two seems likely. Yet, “The Last Stylebender” has said it won’t happen until 2021 once he clears out the middleweight division.

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Mike Winkeljohn details why Diego Sanchez left JacksonWink: 'There was some goofball in our gym'

Cole Shelton - November 27, 2019

UFC 239 was expected to be a big card for JacksonWink. They had Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title in the main event, Holly Holm challenging for the bantamweight strap in the co-main. Also on the main card was Diego Sanchez battling Michael Chiesa. Yet, just days before the fight, Sanchez left JacksonWink and was cornered by one person: a self-awareness coach with no martial arts experience. 

Jon Jones, Thiago Santos
Jon Jones

UFC 239 | Mike Winkeljohn explains what makes Thiago Santos a dangerous opponent for Jon Jones

Cole Shelton - July 3, 2019

Since Jon Jones has returned from his suspension he has been very active. He will fight for the third time since December when he takes on Thiago Santos this Saturday at UFC 239. The Brazilian will be fighting for UFC gold for the first time in his career and is riding a four-fight winning streak with three wins at light heavyweight, with all coming by TKO/KO.

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UFC 239 | Mike Winkeljohn: Holly Holm can 'shock the world again' by beating Nunes

Cole Shelton - July 2, 2019

Holly Holm is no stranger to shocking the world. Back in 2015 at UFC 193, Holm was taking on bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who was considered unbeatable. But, “The Preacher’s Daughter” did what no one expected her to do as she knocked out “Rowdy” to win the title. Holm was a +825 underdog, and at UFC 239 the similarities are hard to ignore.

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UFC 239 | Mike Winkeljohn says the future is still bright for Diego Sanchez

Cole Shelton - July 1, 2019

Diego Sanchez has rejuvenated his career as of late. The 37-year-old has been fighting professionally since 2002 and in the UFC since 2005. And, throughout his career, he has beaten some of the top names in the sport and even fought for the UFC title against B.J. Penn at UFC 107. Now, the veteran is on a two-fight winning streak and is set to take on Michael Chiesa at UFC 239. If he wins, he could very well have a number beside his name in the welterweight rankings.

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Mike Winkeljohn believes Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier trilogy fight will happen

Cole Shelton - June 24, 2019

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have arguably the biggest rivalry in MMA. The two have fought two times before. They first fought at UFC 182, when Jones beat Cormier by decision to defend the light heavyweight title. They fought for a second time at UFC 214. This time, it was “DC” who was the champion, but Jones once again came out on top. However, the fight was eventually ruled a no-contest after Jones tested positive for turinabol.

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EXCLUSIVE | Mike Winkeljohn says Jon Jones has learned 'new things,' and it's scary

Cole Shelton - February 25, 2019

Jon Jones is set to defend his light heavyweight championship at UFC 235 this Saturday against Anthony Smith. There is no question Jones is the huge favorite, but that doesn’t mean Jones isn’t worried. After all, this is a fight and anything can happen. Furthermore, Jones claims he took Alexander Gustafsson lightly in their 2013 fight, and nearly lost the title as a result. Thus, Jones and his head coach Mike Winkeljohn know they can’t make that mistake again.

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EXCLUSIVE | Mike Winkeljohn explains why Holly Holm isn't fighting at UFC 235

Cole Shelton - February 11, 2019

At UFC 235, Holly Holm was expected to return to the bantamweight division to take on a rising undefeated prospect in Aspen Ladd. However, at the UFC 235 pre-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced that the fight was off. That left many wondering if one of the fighters was hurt or if Holm was perhaps getting a title shot against Amanda Nunes. Ladd’s team didn’t know anything about it as they told BJPenn.com’s Cole Shelton the change was news to them, and they are “still figuring stuff out.”

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EXCLUSIVE | Mike Winkeljohn talks starting JacksonWink and becoming a top gym in MMA

Cole Shelton - January 12, 2019

When Mike Winkeljohn and Greg Jackson first teamed up to start an MMA gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, neither man ever dreamed it would become one of the top camps in the sport. Today, JacksonWink is not only considered a top gym in MMA, but both Winkeljohn and Jackson are considered elite coaches in the game.

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Jon Jones

EXCLUSIVE | Coach: Jon Jones has no plan to 'move up to heavyweight' anytime soon

Cole Shelton - January 8, 2019

Jon Jones is once again the light heavyweight champion. He defeated Alexander Gustafsson by third-round TKO at UFC 232 to reclaim the belt. Following the fight, Jones called out Daniel Cormier to fight him at light heavyweight — though he was subsequently booked to fight Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on March 2.

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Jon Jones coach responds to criticisms: "People want to take us down, they’re jealous of our success"

Chris Taylor - November 16, 2018

Jon Jones striking coach Mike Winkeljohn has been on the receiving end of some harsh criticisms as of late. Former pupil Donald Cerrone, who recently defeated Mike Perry via first-round submission, accused Winkeljohn of turning the famed Jackson-Wink Academy into a “puppy mill“.

Donale Cerrone, Mike Winkeljohn
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Mike Winkeljohn defends Jackson-Wink gym, blasts Cerrone: "He’s as narcissistic as they come"

Tom Taylor - August 30, 2018

On Wednesday afternoon, on the latest episode of the JRE MMA show, perennial UFC lightweight and welterweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone buried his long-time gym, Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque. Cerrone had particularly scathing comments for coach Mike Winkeljohn. https://youtu.be/GnV7AkGqPVs

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Renowned MMA striking coach outlines Conor McGregor's path to victory against Mayweather

Tom Taylor - July 20, 2017

On August 26, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor will battle the undefeated Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. For all the Irishman’s talent as a mixed martial artist, he is not believed to have much of a chance in this bout, given the gulf of boxing experience between himself and Mayweather. Yet according to Mike Winkeljohn, who serves as the striking coach at Jackson’s MMA, arguably the best camp in MMA, McGregor has a chance.

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Floyd Mayweather

Mike Winkeljohn thinks Conor McGregor has a chance 'early on' in boxing match against Floyd Mayweather

Russell Ess - June 19, 2017

Some pundits from the boxing world are not even giving UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor a “puncher’s chance” against undefeated defensive boxing wizard Floyd Mayweather Jr. With the massive money fight officially set for August 26, the world will get to witness two of combat sports biggest superstars clash in the boxing ring.

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EXCLUSIVE | Mike Winkeljohn talks coaching strategy, Holm's win, and more!

bjpenndotcom - February 3, 2016

Famed MMA coach Mike Winkeljohn was nominated for ‘MMA Coach of the Year’ for the Fighter’s Only World MMA Awards. The awards show goes down February 5th from The Venetian in Las Vegas, and ahead of the show we took the opportunity to talk with Coach Winkeljohn to get some insight into the mind of an expert coach.

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Exclusive | Inside the Mind of a Master Fight Strategist: -Mike Winkeljohn-

bjpenndotcom - February 2, 2016

We’ve seen it many times in any sport and on all levels. The keys to success require a strong base and foundation in order to achieve any physical or mental goal set out for yourself. Mike Winkeljohn is that foundation that fighters seek for in support of their dreams and aspirations. Winkeljohn is the man fighters entrust their futures on with good reason. His personal success as well as the success of the students under his tutelage.

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