Jon Jones Posts Impressive Numbers on ESPN’s Sport Science

Written by Tom Ngo
September 19th, 2011

UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones

Most MMA fans are well aware reigning UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (Pictured) is quite the human specimen. However, you don’t realize just how beastly the 24-year-old actually is until after watching ESPN’s Sports Science crew break “Bones” down.

According to the lab geeks, Jones possesses a 84.5″ wingspan, which covers 182 cubic feet. That’s roughly 80 percent larger than the average male.

If his height matched his wingspan, as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man suggested it should, Jones would be taller than 97 percent of the players in the NBA.

Jones’ arms are 34.5″ long. That reach allows him to keep his opponents at bay while landing punches from 3 feet away. A Superman punch extends his range to over 5 feet.

When Jones unleashes his patented spinning elbow, they clock in at 90 degrees per second. That is faster than the blades circling the top of an Apache helicopter.

If his striking statistics aren’t impressive enough, the length of his arms affords him the ability to put 500 pounds of force behind a rear-naked choke. That’s more than 50 times the force necessary to cut off circulation to the brain.

All of that, plus a little bit more, is what Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has in store for himself this Saturday when he challenges Jones for his crown at UFC 135.

Please click the media player below to watch Jones’ edition of Sport Science:

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