Jack Slack: Cormier has all the skill to beat Jones

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  1. trumpet

    trumpet White Belt

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    The latest from Jack Slack Arse:

    "One of the great misfortunes of the fight game is that people genuinely think that the “better man” wins. The truth is that with slight changes to his game plan, and a focus on lateral movement rather than walking through strikes, Cormier has all the skills to beat Jones. Hell, he gave Jones a great fight by going about it the absolute worst way he could have on the feet."

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    ...Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier. The bout was as back and forth as they come—and certainly anyone who is still saying “Jones is untouchable” has a lot to answer for.

    A couple of weeks back I wrote a 3500 worder entitled Killing the King: Jon Jones in which I asserted that without an answer to the kicking and distance game of Jones—not simply to attempt to walk through it—no-one is beating Jones. And after last night, that assertion stands.

    Daniel Cormier seemed to be telling the truth when he said that his plan was to get in Jones' face. He did that very effectively for a couple of rounds. The problem was that he walked straight in, through the kicks, elbows, and body punches to do it.

    Cormier wanted to move into the clinch, unleash with the punching flurries which earned him the unofficial nickname “Black Fedor”, and wear Jones down.

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    This is that perfect chaining of wrestling and boxing that we talk about every time we mention Cormier. Just sublime.

    But he was taking unanswered blows to get there, every single time. Add to that the fact Cormier has only gone five rounds once in his career, against Josh Barnett, a heavyweight. A cardio based contest just didn't favor him at all.

    One of the great misfortunes of the fight game is that people genuinely think that the “better man” wins. The truth is that with slight changes to his game plan, and a focus on lateral movement rather than walking through strikes, Cormier has all the skills to beat Jones. Hell, he gave Jones a great fight by going about it the absolute worst way he could have on the feet.

    Daniel Cormier's skills and technical ability are second to none. But the simple act of moving laterally—being the matador rather than the bull—when choosing his engagements could have changed the entire fight. Jones was in optimal position to strike all night, where against Gustafsson he was constantly turning and resetting his feet.

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    That being said, Jones looked every bit the veteran champion, but certainly not as immortal as he looked against Mauricio Rua, Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson. The division is catching up and the new talent is for real.

    Two years ago it seemed like there was Jones, and then there was everyone else. Now it seems with Alexander Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson just as fresh as Jones and improving just as fast, we might have entered MMA's own era of Four Kings. Where a couple of years ago I barely cared, I now eagerly anticipate any news out of the 205lbs division, and after last night and Jones' bout with Gustafsson in 2013, so should you...

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  2. CostumedExtrmst

    CostumedExtrmst Banned Banned

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    Jack Slack is backtracking. Sounds full of sh...
     
  3. Was Exiled

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    You have the link the article
     
  4. FoghornLeghorn

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    Only Arse ITT is the TS.
     
  5. prikoke

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    Of course he does. Hell he had all the skills yesterday, just not the gas tank. That being said, I don't see him improving it any time soon.
     
  6. Actualized174

    Actualized174 Black Belt

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    Blah blah blah more theory fighting. Jones adjusted and evolved as the fight went on. That article screams of butt hurt.
     
  7. TwisterFTW

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    Good read, hope Cormier bounces back.
     
  8. CostumedExtrmst

    CostumedExtrmst Banned Banned

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    That's what annoys me. He attributes it to Cormier's mistakes, and not Jones' ability to adapt to any fighter.and make on the fly adjustments.
     
  9. Peteyandjia

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    Gusta has far better kickboxing footwork than Cormier, that's not rocket science.

    That's also not Cormier's style. He barrels in on people and fights from the clinch, which he did here. It just didn't work for him against Jones.
     
  10. flexxx145

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    Who is Jack Slack? Some so called expert huh? lol
     
  11. Substance Abuse

    Substance Abuse Plutonium Belt Platinum Member

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    Slack saying that Cormier should have done something he wasn't actually capable of is fucking hilarious and back tracking. Just shut up, Slack.
     
  12. Blackened

    Blackened It is a new era! Double Yellow Card

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    If Cormier didn't just have the fight and wasn't 36 he'd have a point.

    Cormier is too old to work his way back up and then fight for the title at 37. It also seems that Jones broke the poor guy.
     
  13. Blackened

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    Slack is legit. Even though I disagree with him here.
     
  14. Agnawedbone

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    The technical breakdown is excellent but I don't know if I agree with the conclusion. I don't see cormier ever being able to beat jones.
     
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    Pretty good article nonetheless. The elementary responses only add to his article being good. Someone retort with something better to read instead of "sounds full of sh..."
     
  16. trott

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    i know slacks some sort of a striking guru or something, but i mean i love how theres no mention of grappling. he might as well write an article saying deontay wilder has the tools to beat jon
     
  17. Cherdawg

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    Cormier has a chin, that was also confirmed in this fight lol.
     
  18. PolishHeadlock

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    The best was his article on chain fighting as if Cormier invented mixing up strikes and wrestling.
     
  19. Peteyandjia

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    Yep, they both do. Jones' jaw is solid too.
     
  20. grndzro

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    If Cormier went on a keto cut for a few months and built back up lean he would be a real threat. As he stands now he will always be gatekeeper.
     

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