UFC: Thiago Santos wants to put Jon Jones on his back and land heavy GnP

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UFC 239 will feature an epic slugfest as light heavyweight title challenger Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos looks to pull out an upset against light heavyweight king and P4P #2 ranked Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.

Santos understands the fact that he and his coaches have a tall order in front of them and going back to the drawing board seemed to have been the only option. The crew did so, however could not find a hole to exploit in Jones’ game. That being said, they did find a position where Jones might be vulnerable. For the biggest fight of his life, Santos was more than happy to reveal a part of his strategy.

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“We haven’t really been able to see a weakness in his game,” Santos said. “But we have never seen him with his back against the ground – better yet, with his back to the ground and a hand landing heavily. Then, we’ll see. That’s something we haven’t seen, how he reacts to a powerful ground-and-pound from the top. But anyway, more than ever I need to be ready for anything. He’s a very well-rounded guy, he adjusts to wherever the fight is, so my strategy is to make him feel bad wherever he is.”

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Interestingly, Jones has spent only few seconds on his back out of his whole career. Ground and pound is also considered as a strength of Jones hence Santos will have to give Jones a taste of his own medicine.

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