One of the most important aspects of a fighter’s camp is who they are able to recruit as training partners. While UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones (Pictured) has access to a stable of studs over at Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts, Jones will stand clear of the team’s biggest welterweight stars.
A distinctive line has been drawn in the sand down in Albuquerque, New Mexico and “Bones” is perfectly fine with tight roping the wire as 170-pound champ Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit prepare for their UFC 137 shootout.
“I don’t think I’ll be training with Georges leading up to this fight,” Jones stated Wednesday. “Him and Carlos Condit are both Greg Jackson’s fighters and they are both guys that I respect so much.
“I would never want to lose or jeopardize either friendship, so I am going to kind of stay away from both guys as of now.”
Jones didn’t discuss who he would be working in anticipation of his UFC 140 bout with Lyoto Machida, but “The Dragon” revealed a certain badass Brazilian has reached out to help him to ensure he’ll be ready for “Bones.”
“Anderson [Silva] has already called me and told me he wants to come out to my hometown and train with me – show me some things – and I am just waiting for that to happen,” Machida stated.
Machida recently said he was hoping the planet’s deadliest 185-pounder would assist him in his plight to regain the crown, but he wasn’t sure if Silva would be able to lend a hand due to his demanding schedule.
Emulating Jones’ unpredictable standup game is nearly impossible, although if anyone can do it, it would be “The Spider.” When Machida said his buddy called him to offer his assistance, Jones gave the ‘aw shucks’ gesture.
UFC 140 takes place December 10th inside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Their light heavyweight title tilt will headline the pay-per-view broadcast.