American Kickboxing Academy head Javier Mendez isn't modest when it comes to prized pupils Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier. The pair may be booked at the moment, but they each seem to be a collision course with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Asked for his take on how his fighters stack up with 'Bones,' Mendez sees AKA wins at both heavyweight and 205 pounds. Even with Jones holding a reach advantage of 12.5 inches, Mendez insists that won't be a game-changer against Cormier.
"Out of everybody that Jones' has fought, Daniel's going to be the one that's not going to have an issue with his reach, that's not going to have an issue getting inside," Mendez told Submission Radio. "He is going to get inside. You know, what happens is gonna happen, but I guarantee you this, he's going to go inside, Daniel's going to take him down and we'll see what happens from there."
Jones has been heavily criticized this week for how he helps maintaining that range, by placing his outstretched fingers dangerously close to his opponents' eyes. Jones was warned of the practice by referee Dan Miragliotta during his UFC 172 title bout with Glover Teixeira, but no action was taken.
"I don't think that's a strategy they used on purpose, I just think it's an unfortunate thing that happens because of the way the gloves are," said Mendez. "So if there's something that can be done to fix the gloves, that would be fantastic, or if there's something to say that you can't stick your fingers out like that like they do in boxing you know, you can't do it in MMA, then that can help out."
If or when Jones should make a move to heavyweight, Mendez doesn't expect Velasquez to be thrown for a curve.
"Jon will definitely pose some problems for Cain, but Cain's going to pose more problems for Jon that he's never faced in his whole entire life."
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All the rage this week at the gym. Thanks.
According to the Gracies, the move I hit on Glover Saturday night is called the defensive shoulder lock http://t.co/5PqIFDwUnZ— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 30, 2014
Get well soon.
I have to get MRI in this arm tomorrow i'll keep you guys posted http://t.co/CDguvSg0Zx— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) April 29, 2014
Joe Warren (@JoeWarrenMMA) April 29, 2014
Back at it.
About to hit the gym for the first time.. Excited! Prob will have some muscle ache issues after lol pic.twitter.com/ovI4ChwP5j— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) April 29, 2014
Not a great look.
Being a dumb Karo Parisian is disrespecting not only me #Ronda my friends to. He just got slapped by Edmond, I hope he learns from this.— Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) April 29, 2014
ALL HAIL SNACK KING FILI http://t.co/hTCBI5DzVc— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) April 29, 2014
Video here. Worst thing I've ever linked to.
Craziest video ever and cadeliddell proved he can take one to the chin. Can you spot him in this... http://t.co/OrgPMRItmG— Chuck Liddell (@ChuckLiddell) April 29, 2014
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The UFC brought out the big guns for it's debut in Baltimore, Maryland as Jon Jones looked to defend his title for the seventh time against Glover Teixeira, the heavy handed Brazilian from Connecticut who trains in California (makes perfect sense right?). Also on the card was Anthony Johnson seeking redemption for his past transgressions as he fought top ranked Phil Davis, Luke Rockhold hoping to keep his title aspirations alive against Tim Boetsch, Jim Miller battling Yancy Medieros for relevancy, and a two featherweight prospects getting into a fist fight for the heck of it.
First fight on the main card was Max Holloway fighting Andre Fili. Sporting one of the sports best nicknames, "Touchy" Fili put up good fight against Holloway as he won the first round, maybe the second, but then wilted under Holloway's pressure in the third as he succumbed to a guillotine choke in the third. Holloway's loses are to Dustin Poireir, Dennis Bermudez, and Conor McGregor; the point is Holloway is a good fighter who has only lost to other good fighters and at his young age he has potential to do things. He should fight Clay Guida or the winner of Kevin Souza/Mark Eddiva. Fili also has potential to grow into someone noteworthy after he finishes his time out with Team Alpha Male for tapping to a guilottine he should look to bounce back against Akira Corasanni or maybe Jumabieke Tuerxun.
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