If any thing is clear in the history of our sport of MMA it is that typically having a tall and lanky build in a sport that involves grappling is a disadvantage. Guys with a more typical squat powerful build have typically dominated the grappling based arts with only a few guys with a tall and lanky build breaking through. Tall and lanky builds typically lend well to striking and distance combat sports like boxing and kick boxing, etc. The stats do not lie. If you look at the lists of champs and top 10 guys since the inception of this sport few would be said to have had a tall and lanky build. So how do guys like Jones and Anderson break through? It is with an increased skill level to over come that type of body style. It is only when the rare fighter with that build is able to over come the typical disadvantage of being bullied and out muscled by the guys with the advantage of the lower centre of gravity and more powerful builds, that we see true top level success by a tall and lanky fighter. The skill is in knowing how to utilize that length and distance control (a skill that Struve, Grove and Roop, etc do not have), the skill is in knowing how to utilize the leverage you can exert to offset the power advantage your opponent has. And these are skills you must have in abundance when fighting a world class grappler who has trained to force you to fight where he wants the fight. Jones demonstrating this ability is arguably showing to date the highest skill level we have seen in a MMA fighter. I think it hard to argue that we have seen anyone show the immense skill to utilize their build so effectively. And I say this as someone who so wanted to see Cormier dominate him and someone who could not stand his post fight interviews and views JOnes as the Ronda Rousey of the mens division. Bitchy, angry and forever holding grudges. I may greatly dislike the man, but the fighter's skills cannot be denied. He is the next level fighter this sport has needed and if only he had a more likeable personality I do believe he could be the Mayweather of this sport due to the art in his performances.