I usually am the one defending Jackson MMA fighters or the camp itself. Condit had a stick and move game plan instead of letting Diaz beat the hell out of him against the cage. Of course I could also defend Condit by noting Diaz hardly threw any strikes after the first two rounds.
But that discussion gives me a headache by now, Diaz fans say he won by moving forward, and the rest is history. I’m not getting into that really, I’m talking about the now sudden obvious Clay Guida becoming a boring fighter.
This time I was left scratching my head at a bout that had Fight of the Night written all over it. Energetic Guida vs patient heavy handed Maynard both with good wrestling and hard to finish. I was expecting A fast paced fight and instead saw the first point being deducted in the UFC for running.
30 Day MMA Challenge: Day 14 Favorite Gym/Team “I want these guys in my corner.”
Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA (aka Jackson’s MMA)
It’s hard denying this gym/team is on top, even with the lack of Rashad Evans, they have some of the best fighters there and it shows. Jackson is the main coach yes, and he is more so a grappler but Winkeljohn is the man responsible for tuning the striking. And it is true you have other gyms tied to it like Grudge Training Center and Tristar Gym. Jackon-Winkeljohn has taken young prospects like GSP, Rashad Evans, Jon Jones, and Carlos Condit and made them UFC Champions. They also have top talent like Diego Sanchez, Brian Stann, Shane Carwin, Nate Marquardt and that is only the tip of the iceberg. Not all of them train in Albuquerque, New Mexico but there is no doubt they know how to make someone a top contender in MMA.
Above is a cropped version of a photo before Jon Jones won the LHW Championship, the man had just dominated Ryan Bader who was undefeated at the time. Jon Jones didn’t know it at the time but he would absolutely dominate Shogun, there would be no doubts he won each round. I don’t think anyone expected that to happen that way, not even Jon Jones himself.