Coach Fernand Lopez Expects Jon Jones To Use Wrestling As Plan A Against Ciryl Gane at UFC 285

Photo: Instagram/Jon Jones

Jon Jones will likely rely on his wrestling skills against Ciryl Gane in their UFC 285 headliner on March 4, according to Gane's head coach, Fernand Lopez.

Lopez respects Jones' striking ability but doesn't believe he can keep up with his star student.

Lopez believes that Jones and his team have a Plan A in wrestling, which they will try as soon as the fight begins.

Photo: Instagram/Jon Jones 

Gane is known for his striking ability, which can push his opponents back, forcing them to shoot for a takedown.

Lopez acknowledges that Jones may catch Gane with strikes, but believes Gane's striking is at another level.

Gane's only career loss came against Francis Ngannou, who took him down four times in their title-unification bout at UFC 270.

Many expect Jones, who has bulked up to a bigger frame, to wrestle against Gane.

However, Lopez says Ngannou's ability to take Gane down was due to his incredible strength, which people tend to underestimate.

Ngannou, who used to train with Lopez, cut weight to be a heavyweight and is full of muscle, agility, and power.

He also has basic and fundamental wrestling skills.

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Source: MMA Junkie 


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