WATCH: Jones Shows Off New Power

Earlier this month, striking coach Brandon Gibson told The MMA Hour, that former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was developing “one punch” knockout power. And as can be seen above, Jones has been working on the pads and seems to be ready for a return, if that ever happens.

“I think there’s still a lot of growth possible,” Gibson said during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “Jon’s in his 30s now, I think he’s really starting to develop the one-strike knockout power, we saw that in the last (Daniel Cormier) fight. Before that, Jon was like a break ‘em down, break ‘em down, break ‘em down, finish, where guys were never just out cold, unconscious. I think now Jon’s really developing a lot of power for 205 and he’s gonna really start putting guys to sleep.”

“He’s had long periods of breaks,” Gibson said on The MMA Hour. “There was a long layoff before the first DC fight. There was a long layoff to the [Ovince Saint Preux] fight. There was a long layoff to the DC two match. But I also think that this is a game where guys are paying too high of a price in training camps and sparring leading up to fights, so Jon’s layoff definitely has some benefits. But the lack of competition could also be a hindrance at times, so it’s gonna be a balance, but we never have a problem getting Jon Jones fired up.

“He’s a special champion, he has a very special mindset, and he’ll get in there and I believe reclaim everything that he ever had and more. I told him the other day that I think greatness and his legacy continue to await us. We’re not there yet.”

Jones is currently suspended by the UFC and USADA for failing an in-competition drug test following his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier. Earlier this year, Jones would have his license to compete pulled by the California State Athletic Commission, where the violation took place.

 

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