Originally Posted by gillygilly
honestly, I think he's just used to being longer than his opponent, and that his length helps with his throws and trips. But Gus was about his equal in size so he may not have felt like he had the same leverage in certain situations which may have led him to not really commit further.
I dunno though, never wrestled.
I have wrestled, it's a lot easier to get trips on people if you are much taller, it also helps to have stronger hips, Jones was shorter than Alex and has a weaker lower body. I thought Jones would have trouble with trying to wrestle Alex but not nearly as much as he did, Alex is clearly stronger than Jones and worked with Phil and some of the other wrestlers he works with on takedowns from the clinch a lot.
Alex was also able to drag Jones to the cage and stand right up when he did get taken down which showed just how strong his hips are. I don't think anyone in the division is as strong as Alex is.
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