Team Everlast athlete, Jon Jones, is widely regarded as the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world and as one of the greatest fighters of all time. At Submission Underground 2, Jones went against the Dan Henderson, an Olympic wrestler and retired MMA fighter. He was the first mixed martial artist to hold two titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA promotion. This grappling match was scheduled for eight minutes, and was a highly anticipated match up as they were scheduled to fight in the octagon a couple years back.
Hendo was confident his bread and butter background of wrestling would make Jones tap, as Jones is known for as a striker. But Jones is stacked with tricks up his sleeves and confident in his natural athleticism, not just where his obvious strengths lie.
Jones went into the cage comfortable and ready for some fun. As soon as you saw the two across from each other in the cage, it was clear Jones had size on Hendo. Out of habit or more for the crowd, Jones pawed out some jabs and even telegraphed a spinning back fist as if showing Hendo and the audience a glimpse of what this match would be like if it were sanctioned by the UFC. Hendo was in good spirits, also enjoying it, but was serious about the his craft and stuck strictly to his wrestling tendencies.
In the sixth minute, Jones was on top and you can tell the way he maneuvers Henderson’s arm that it wasn’t looking favorable for good old Hendo. Jones had great positioning, as well as immense strength to lock Hendo in an arm-triangle choke at 6:39. Hendo tapped, and the ref came and ended the match. Jones was very respectful and grateful to Henderson for the opportunity. He commented on Dan’s brutal strength, and Dan commented on the great job Jones did to sneak in the arm-triangle.
Jones will be cleared to enter the octagon in July 2017, but before then you can expect to see Jones battle Sonnen in a grappling match on January 29 at Submission Underground 3.
“I’m thinking me and you, Chael, should do a little something something,” spoke Jones, who defeated Sonnen back at UFC 159 with a first-round TKO.
“In that case, I will see you Jan. 29,” Sonnen replied, after Jones challenged him right after his win in Portland, OR. Chael Sonnen is the owner and promoter of Submission Underground Grappling. As always, Jones does not disappoint, and we look forward to an exciting 2017!