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The curious case of Jones critics

You hear it over and over like a broken record on the various fight forums: Jones critics repeating the mantra "he’s got no knockout punch." Never mind that he is arguably one of the greatest MMA fighters out there today. Never mind that he chops his opponents down with the efficiency of a chain saw. Never mind that he uses a complete arsenal of weapons; knees, elbows, fists, and feet to score his victories. The Jones critics seem to be fixated on this one point that seems to really matter to them…a lot! Will some one out there explain, please? Does it really matter if an alligator kills you by snapping you in half with his mighty jaws or latches on to you and drags you under in a death roll? Please explain what’s going on here because I’m just not getting it. I can tell you that back in the day, Muhammad Ali was labeled "pillow hands" by his critics. That’s right…the greatest of all time, "Pillow-hands Ali." Sound familiar? Funny that many of the MMA greats like Anderson Silva, GSP, Ben Henderson and so many others aren’t particularly known as knockout artists, yet this particular criticism seems to be reserved only for Jon Jones by those special Jones critics. It just seems to me that so many novice fans are just so overly impressed by "the knockout punch" that they just can’t see the forest for the trees. Deserved or undeserved, Shane Carwin, Mark Hunt, Big Country Nelson and a few others have the reputation of possessing the "dreaded" knockout punch! So what? You know, it causes one to wonder….Could there possibly be some other agenda going on here?

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