Jon Jones may be coming off an impressive victory over Daniel Cormier and continues to be the sport’s consensus, pound-for-pound best, but his coach believes he has a tough challenge ahead of him in Anthony Johnson.
Johnson locked up a title fight with the UFC’s light-heavyweight champ last month, by taking out Alexander Gustafsson in the first round. “Rumble” has been on quite the run since he was intially let go by the UFC in 2012, but not many people, if any, believed he would storm through Gustafsson like he did. After all, the latter is the same man who pushed Jones to his limits in September, 2013.
Well, recently Jones’ coach Greg Jackson spoke to ESPN.com about Johnson, and here is some of what the renowned instructor had to say:
“[Daniel] Cormier was knocking people around left and right, too, but as far as raw power, I don’t think anybody hits harder in the division than Johnson.”
“We’ve cornered against Johnson before, and he is such an impressive dude,” Jackson said. “His punch, good Lord, that thing hits hard. He is going to be a real challenge. That’s a loaded gun that can go off at any time.”
Yes. Chances are Gustafsson would agree with Jackson’s comments. While Jones likely hasn’t faced someone with the power of Johnson to date, the ridiculously well rounded fighter has dealt quite nicely with heavy handed opponents in the past.
For example, a ton of people thought Glover Teixeira and his feared fists would post a big threat to Jones, and the champ took him apart from the inside. That said, it remains to be seen if Jones will be able to out muscle / work Johnson from in close.
Jones-Johnson has yet to get a date, but the highly anticipated bout is expected to go down in May. If Jones gets past Johnson then what? Who?