Mike Winkeljohn has helped prepare Jon Jones for numerous UFC light heavyweight title defenses.
This September, “Bones” will step inside the Octagon to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 178. The two had a scuffle last week following a press conference, and continued to trade verbal barbs throughout during other interviews.
For Winkeljohn, he believes there is a simple – yet dominating – way for the collision to conclude.
“Submission led to by strikes,” said the coach, when asked on Submission Radio how the fight ends.
While some have wondered if Jones’ level of emotions that were put on display during the altercation will be an issue, Winkeljohn doesn’t see it that way.
“Some fighters, I’d worry about, but Jon’s not that guy,” he said. “The scuffle is unfortunate. It’s a shame, but you can see it happening, that’s what guys do. These guys are fighters, that’s what they do. He steps up, you know, you push me back hard, well I’m gonna push you back harder. So that’s what they do, and it’s almost to be expected in some ways, I’m not that surprised by it.
“It’s a shame because some people don’t understand that mentality in the moment, the emotions that are going on if they’ve never been in there, you know think that these guys are just super violent individuals outside the cage, and they’re not.”
UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has started to get back into training following knee surgery.
Middle Easy posted several videos of Rousey doing light workouts and agility work recently. She has mentioned a possible late-2014, early-2015 fight, hoping the UFC can work a contract out with Gina Carano for the fight.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans was poised to face Daniel Cormier earlier this year before a devastating knee injury forced him to the sidelines.
Now, as he continues on his road to recovery, “Suga” has a target date in mind for his return to the Octagon.
“I want to return in February,” he said on a recent episode of The MMA Hour. “That’s just me giving myself enough time to make sure that I feel comfortable getting back in there because I know when I get back in there, there’s nothing but tough guys in my way.
“I’m definitely going to have a tough fight coming back. I want to be ready for that.”
Evans (19-3-1) has posted back-to-back wins over Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson, but will turn 35 years old this September. He won 17 of his first 19 pro fights, including a victory over Forrest Griffin to become champion.
However, after picking up victories over Thiago Silva, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Tito Ortiz and Phil Davis, Evans earned a shot at the title and former teammate and close friend Jon Jones. Originally, it was Evans who was to take on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the title, but he went down with an injury and Jones took his spot.
“I was thinking like that earlier and was like, ‘It’d be fun to fight Glover [Teixeira] or whoever,’ but honestly speaking, the way things are shaping up right now in my weight class, whoever I fight is going to be an interesting match up because I’ve got a lot to prove coming back from an injury and trying to make that push for the title,” Evans said. “Whoever they have up there, whoever is ready for me, whoever they’re going to put me up against, I’m ready for whatever.”
When Holly Holm stepped inside the boxing ring, she knew she was getting the best out of her opponent.
That hasn’t changed now that Holm is a member of the UFC’s roster, as she understands everyone else in the female bantamweight division wants to bring her down.
Holm, a multi-time world boxing champion in several different weight classes, signed with the promotion earlier this year. She is still recovering from an arm injury and does not have a fight lined up at the moment.
Her name, though, has been thrown around for the likes of Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano and even division champion Ronda Rousey.
“It’s a lot of pressure,” said Holm, during an interview with UFC Tonight. “It’s exciting. I haven’t made it anywhere yet. I still have all the work ahead of me, but the fact that I have a target on my back, I like that.
“It motivates me and makes me want to train harder.”
Holm (7-0) has won six of her seven MMA fights via finish after becoming an 18-time boxing champion and amassing a record of 33-2-3. She trains with Jackson-Winkeljohn out of New Mexico and also won a pair of kickboxing fights before joining up with the UFC.
“It’s exciting,” she said. “If you don’t want to beat the best, you shouldn’t really be in it. I just want to take one step at a time. I want to fight for the title. It’s one of my goals and dreams, and I’m just going to keep shooting for it.”
Holm couldn’t place a number on how many bouts she would need to win before earning a shot at Rousey – or whoever is holding the UFC female bantamweight title – but she does feel ready.
“I think I want it and I want it right away,” Holm said. “Then I think, let’s take baby steps. I’ve never been one to choose a certain opponent. I’ll let the UFC pick. I want to take whatever is given to me and take one fight at a time.”
Renan Barao will try to reclaim the UFC bantamweight title later this month at UFC 177 when he takes on T.J. Dillashaw from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
However, before watching that fight, check out a replay of Barao defending the belt against Eddie Wineland from UFC 165. Barao was just the interim champion at the time, but the Brazilian looked the part in scoring a finish of Wineland.
Here’s the play-by-play from the Barao-Wineland fight:
Round 1: Wineland quickly takes the Octagon, coming right out after Barao. The Brazilian fires off the first leg kick, going inside. Wineland setting up his right with a left jab. Barao with an inside kick and that leaves him open for a huge right from Wineland that lands flush. Wineland powers Barao over, but doesn’t pounce. Barao kind of shoots for a takedown, but Wineland brushes him off. Big right catches Wineland from the Brazilian, who goes back to the inside leg kicks. Nice combo from Barao lands, as Wineland starts to move back for the first time.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barao
Round 2: Barao catches Wineland with a spinning back kick that sends him flying backwards. Before Wineland can even think about recovering, Barao attacks, swarming him and forcing the referee to step in.
Renan Barao def. Eddie Wineland via TKO (strikes/spinning back kick) at :35 of Round 2