Jon Jones Says Claressa Shields Made Him ‘Feel 25 Again’

Published 12/06/2020, 8:02 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones waits in his corner prior to his UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Jon Jones has reached the point where he is one of the older statesmen in the MMA world. However, it still feels relatively recent when jones burst into the MMA scene and became the youngest champion in UFC history. He still has never lost a title fight and is considered one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.

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Now, he is looking to pass his skills onto newer fighters. This includes undefeated boxer Claressa Shields, who announced that she will be moving to MMA recently. She has been posting clips of her working out in New Mexico at Jackson-Winkeljohn with Jones and Holly Holm.

Jones has publicly addressed the training and was full of praise for the young boxer.

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Jones also shared clips of him sparring with Shields, showing her try her wrestling on Jones. Learning from Jones is possibly the best thing Shields could ask for to start her career in the sport. He is one of the best fighters that the sport has ever seen, and if he can effectively transfer knowledge to Shields, she will be one hell of a fighter herself.

Jon Jones preparing Shields for her MMA debut

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Anything Jon Jones can teach Shields will be a massive aid to her career in the sport. Jones is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the UFC, so he can help polish not only her wrestling, but also her striking. Striking for boxing and striking for MMA is different. Jones is adept at using versatile strikes to disrupt opponents’ momentum, similar to Shields in boxing.

MIAMI, FL – APRIL 04: WBA, WBC and IBF Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields poses for the media before her workout at 5th Street Gym on April 4, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Shields is training to fight WBO Middleweight World Champion Christina Hammer for the undisputed middleweight world championship April 13. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

The wrestling and kicking of Shields will be put under fire. Even her clips showed that her kicks aren’t as fluid as they need to be. However, she has just begun training and more practice will eventually commit the move to muscle memory. She will have to fight up the ranks to fully round out her abilities.

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Anything Jones or even Holly Holm tells Shields about MMA will be very valuable information for the newest PFL signing.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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