Gordon Ryan Thinks Jon Jones Is “Not the Best Jiujitsu Guy”, Just Like Ex-Champ Georges St-Pierre

Published 12/11/2023, 7:50 AM EST

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Gordon ‘The King’ Ryan is considered by many as the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioner in the world at present. He has helped train a lot of MMA fighters to prepare for fights, the UFC heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, included. But you’d be surprised to learn Ryan’s opinion on Jones’ skill on the mats.

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Jon Jones’ skillset as a mixed martial artist is undoubtedly one of the best MMA has to offer. This is probably due to ‘Bones’ being eager to learn, combined with his gifted ability to adapt to any circumstances in a fight. And Gordon Ryan had nothing but praise for the UFC heavyweight champ with an interesting compliment to go with it.

Gordon Ryan comments on Jon Jones as a fighter

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The Jiu-Jitsu specialist recently compared Jon Jones to other MMA greats like Georges St-Pierre in an interview with UFC Fight Pass Invitational. In the interview, Ryan stated, “With Jon, he’s very similar to GSP, to Georges, in the sense that he’s not you know, the world’s best wrestler. He’s not the best jiujitsu guy, he’s not the best striker, but his ability to put it all together is on a whole different level.”

‘The King’ praised the ground game and grappling of Jones in the interview. Ryan stated, “Even just grappling. Like, his ability to intuitively change his gameplay from, you know, the start of the roll to the end of the roll, from round to round, is incredibly impressive. So the most impressive thing is, obviously, his ability to put everything together”.

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Ryan also commended Jones’ ability to adapt to most situations by stating, “but his ability to adapt as the match goes on and change the game plan per what you’re doing.” Ryan concluded by complimenting Jones- “And I was very very impressed with him. Just as a person and as an athlete all around.”

Jon Jones was set to make his title defence in November against Stipe Miocic. However, the fight fell through due to Jones suffering an injury during the training camp. During his absence, the UFC crowned Tom Aspinall as the interim champion after he beat Sergei Pavlovich. Post the event there have been calls for the UFC to strip Jones of his championship, but they now seem like a waste of breath, thanks to Dana White.

Dana White shuts down rumours of stripping ‘Bones’ of his heavyweight title

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Ever since Tom Aspinall won the UFC interim heavyweight championship, there have been rumours circulating that Jones would be stripped of his title. Even the Interim Champ suggested it at one point. However, Jones was quick to shut the young interim champ up, stating all his accomplishments in the promotion.

Even Dana White came forward to shut the rumours down by stating that the Jones vs. Miocic fight has to take place. It’s quite apparent that Dana White wants to see Jones compete against Miocic to see if Jones could dethrone Miocic as the best heavyweight to ever compete in the UFC. This might in turn line up a fight between the winner of Jones vs. Miocic and the interim champion, Tom Aspinall.

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Jon Jones is arguably the best fighter to ever grace the octagon, only being rivaled by the likes of Georges St-Pierre. But how will he look after his surgery against Stipe Miocic? Let us know how you think Jones will look in his return against the best heavyweight in UFC history.

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