Figuring Out How to Beat Jon Jones

Josuel Distak is a behind the success of many biggest names in MMA, from UFC welterweight Erick Silva, Rafael Calvalcante and Ronaldo Souza, former Strikeforce champs and Anderson Silva, UFC middleweight champion.

Fans are anticipating UFC President Dana White’s revelation of an Anderson Silva versus Georges St. Pierre but some have mentioned that the ideal match would be against Silva and Jon Jones now UFC light heavyweight champion. Distak discusses the strategy on how to beat Jon Jones but to him this is an incomplete puzzle. He was interviewed about his experience with impressive fighters and was asked about his technique on how to bring down Jones.

“Actually, we have not seen Jon Jones on his back.” Distak mentioned. “Vitor (Belfort) got his arm, he had the opportunity. Actually Jones is unpredictable. To me the strategy to do a fight with him would involve finding out how he fights on his back.”

Distak also commented regarding the possibility of a match between Silva and his X-Gym teammate Souza. This fight could be a reality if Strikeforce will truly shut down after its January 12, 2013 event. Previously, Souza was interviewed regarding the matchup but he mentioned that this was entirely dependent on Silva but Distak revealed that although this was a great fight to anticipate, both fighters talked it out and decided that it cannot be done.

“I can guarantee you that it will never happen because we have an honor code. None of the top fighters will fight each other. Jacare and Anderson already had a long talk after Jacare gave that interview, and they decided together that this fight will never happen. Team Nogueira and X-Gym will never face each other. It’s totally impossible for Rafael Feijao to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Jacare to face Anderson… Our honor code say that betrayers don’t stay in our team.”

The coach also opened on the subject of Erick Silva and his loss to Jon Fitch at UFC 153. He mentioned that this loss came at the right time. He commented that Silva was still in the starting point of his career and that any set back like this would surely be easily handled. However, Distak wishes another matchup between his talent and the American. “Jon Fitch again. This is the next opponent I wanted again. But this time I assure you it would be different.”


Anderson Silva versus St. Pierre Matchup Soon?

Probably the two most controversial pound-for-pound MMA fighters will fight each other the next time they meet at the Octagon. And then, maybe they won’t be. Fans are already speculating an Anderson Silva versus Georges St. Pierre matchup soon as St. Pierre recently punished Carlos Condit at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre in Montreal in November 17.

But on the bright side, MMA fans are hoping that UFC president Dana White would consider the match between these two impressive fighters and their prayers were answered. White actually wants the event to happen and he is chancing on a date in May or around May next year.

White was interviewed by Fox Sports and he mentions: “It’s the No.1 best pound-for-pound fighter in the world against the No. 2 best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. It’s a big fight. We think people want to see it and we think the guys want to do it, so we’ll do it. They will fight, and it will probably be in May or around May.”

So let’s review Silva and St. Pierre’s stats before anything else:

Georges “Rush” St. Pierre is a 31 year old from St. Isidore, Quebec, Canada. He is a welterweight with 23 wins and 2 losses in his professional MMA career. Rush’s win against Carlos Condit was a revival after his last fight in April 2011 when he won against Jake Shields via unanimous decision. His recent fight was his 10th consecutive win since August 2007. He only tasted defeat twice in the hands of Matt Serra in UFC 69 Shootout in 2007 and against Matt Hughes in UFC The War of ’04 in October 2004.

Anderson “The Spider” Silva on the other hand is a 37 year old middleweight fighter from Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. He has 33 wins and 4 losses in his career. His last win was against Stephan Bonnar in a headline fight at UFC 153 via TKO. This was his 17 consecutive win since his loss to Yushin Okami at Rumble on the Rock 8 in January 2006. He is one of the most respected MMA fighters in the business and fans all over the world will surely look forward to this ultimate fight.

Let’s hope Dana White fulfils his promise. This Anderson Silva versus Georges St. Pierre matchup will surely be a delight to all MMA fans everywhere!

UFC 155 Year-End Show

When UFC promises an entertaining year-end show, it pulls out all the stops to give fans what they want. Presenting UFC heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee as he returns to the Octagon to replace Matt Mitrione as he faces the famous British fighter Philip De Fries at UFC 155.

It was first just a speculation but the Las Vegas Sun broke the news and finally UFC officials were able to confirm the fight to the public. Matt Mitrione was pulled out from the scheduled fight with De Fries to fill in for Shane Carwin who was injured. Carwin was supposed to fight against Roy Nelson on December 15 at “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 Finale. Next season promises a great and colorful season as Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen become trainers themselves.

On the other hand, UFC 155 will be at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 29, 2012 with a headline fight against Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. Dos Santos will defend his heavyweight belt against former champion Velasquez on the Octagon.

Todd Duffee is a 26 year old heavyweight fighter from Evansville, Indiana, United States. He has 7 wins and 2 losses in his professional career. His last fight was a win against Neil Grove at the Super Fight League 2 in April 2012 via TKO in just 34 seconds of round 1. Before this latest win, Duffee has suffered a back to back loss first was with Mike Russow at UFC 114  -Rampage versus Evans in May 2010 and against Alistair Overeem at the K1 – Dynamite!! Power of Courage 2010 in December 2010. He has defeated impressive fighters Time Hague, Assuerio Silva, Josh Bennett, Mark Honneger and Jonathan Spears to name a few.

Philip De Fries on the other hand is a 26 year old heavyweight from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. He has a great fighting career with 9 wins, 1 loss and 1 non contest in his report card. His last fight was a win against Oli Thompson at UFC on Fox 4 – Shogun versus Vera in August 2012 via rear-naked choke. Before this win was his classic loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC on Fuel TV – Sanchez versus Ellenberger in February 2012 via KO. His non contest fight was against Dave Wilson at Tyneside Fighting Challenge in June 2010. His fight against Duffee will surely bring a blast to welcome the New Year.