I've never seen a fighter like Jon "Bones" Jones. He's a classically trained wrestling champion. He throws elbows with the deceptive ease of a jab. His kicks are reminiscent of the great old karate fighter, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace. The difference is, Superfoot went 5-10, 166 pounds. Jones is nimble and spidery at 6-4, 205.
But the real difference, that which separates Jones from the current competition and most of his predecessors, is what you can't see. It's psychological, or perhaps, spiritual. Fighters typically lie to themselves. They tell themselves they are bigger, better, bolder and faster than they actually are. If the fighter himself believes it, then there's chance the opponent will, too.
Show me a loud guy talking s--- before a fight and I'll show you a guy who needs to supplement his self-belief. (Yes, that includes Muhammad Ali).
The more savage the sport (and let's not pretend MMA is anything but), the more vulnerable the fighter, the more fractured his pre-fight i...