Olympic Wrestler Gable Steveson Agrees to Train with UFC Legend Jon Jones at Jackson Wink MMA

Published 08/12/2021, 1:31 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jon Jones of the United States looks on after his after their UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout with Thiago Santos of Brazil at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated Santos by decision. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)


It seems like former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson are going to train together. 21-year-old Gable Steveson recently returned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a gold medal in the 125kg freestyle wrestling category. Steveson defeated Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili following a last-second two-point takedown.

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A few days after savoring the achievement, Steveson tagged UFC president Dana White in a post on social media, sparking rumors of Steveson coming to the UFC. Many former wrestlers turned MMA fighters have been expressing their support towards the wrestling phenom transitioning to MMA.

Most recently, Jon Jones invited Steveson to train with him at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque. Run by coach Jackson and Winkeljohn, Jackson’s MMA has produced some exceptional MMA talent over the years. Athletes such as Carlos Condit, Holly Holm, and one of the best fighters ever, Jon Jones.

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Should their plan to train together ever materialize, one can imagine both athletes reaping many benefits. Jones and his team down in Albuquerque will be a perfect place for Steveson to begin his MMA journey. Training with Steveson will certainly elevate Jones’ wrestling game, a tool he will look to use well at heavyweight.

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Can Jon Jones capture the heavyweight championship? 

After defending his heavyweight belt against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones announced he’d be moving up to heavyweight in search of improved challenges. 

Since then, the Rochester native has been making all the adjustments in his diet and training. He hopes to make the smoothest transition to the heavier weight class. Moving up a weight class requires the athlete to put on more muscle and mass steadily over a long time. Ensuring the fighter can keep his skills and power intact despite moving up is a top priority.   

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 247 event at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

For almost a year now, Jones has been vocal about wanting to fight the reigning heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou. However, with the UFC and Jones’ management disagreeing on the right price for him to fight, the 34-year-old remains on the sidelines. If Jones and the UFC sort out their issues soon enough, we might witness him doing some of his best work at heavyweight. 

There are several big fights for Jon Jones at heavyweight with fighters like Francis Ngannou, Stipe Miocic, Ciryl Gane, and Derrick Lewis. In terms of skill, Jon Jones can dismantle all his opponents, even at heavyweight. And although he might not have the size and reach advantage anymore, Jones will most likely put his exceptional wrestling abilities to use against his opponents. 

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What do you think? Can Jon’ Bones’ Jones capture the heavyweight title? Let us know in the comments  

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