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Jon Jones Watched His Own Fights on Mute to Prepare for Matt Hamill

(Fun Fact: Jon Jones has the longest recorded reach in UFC history. Deal with it, Lesnar.)

Jon Jones always seems to come up with creative ways to get himself mentally prepared for a fight.  If you had read this Fight Magazine cover story, you’d know all about his decision to mark out Stephan Bonnar‘s physical dimensions with pieces of tape on the wall of his home, just as a daily reminder of where Bonnar’s head would be when they finally got in the cage together.  To get ready for Matt Hamill, he says he decided to go back and watch some of his own fights with the sound off, and it actually helped him gain a little extra understanding of his deaf opponent:

"I’m trying to put myself in his head, see what he sees," said Jones. "It also helps to not be influenced by the commentary. Sometimes you hear [UFC color commentator Joe Rogan] say stuff like, ‘What a huge right hand,’ and it changes the way you see things. I want to know what he’s seeing when he looks at me and figure out what he might try to do. Without the sound, you really see a lot more of the details that you usually miss."

That’s one way of getting in your opponent’s head.  Jones also talked about his grueling training camp at Greg Jackson’s gym, saying he now feels like Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine are his "big brothers."  Guess that means there’s one more Jackson’s camp guy who absolutely, positively won’t fight his teammates for any amount of money.  Somewhere, steam is coming out of Dana White’s ears.

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CaptainPajamaShark- December 5, 2009 at 12:23 am

Hammill played Hang On Sloopy as his entrance song for his last fight. It's basically the official song of the state of Ohio, where he was born. He has used Jay-Z in the past though..I'd imagine Hova has to have visited Ohio at some point in his maybe that's why he got the call as well.
831 Son- December 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm
Uhhhh NO. Penn clearly beat Kenflo, the whole time leading up to the rear naked choke. What the hell were you watching? Shogun vs Machida rematch is happening and that should solidify who is champ too.
exes.for.iballs- December 4, 2009 at 9:30 pm

I agree. Rogan talks too much. If you would have only listened to Penn v. Kenflo you would have thought florian was winning (until he was stopped), but

Shogun beat machida.

Also, Jones will stop hammill. I don't know why, but I can't stand that crazy deaf bastard.
Sabado Gigante- December 4, 2009 at 9:28 pm
@ Mthomas

MachidaVsSilva- December 4, 2009 at 5:51 pm
I like John Jones in this one. Matt has a lot of skill but Bones will out strike him.
mthomas- December 4, 2009 at 5:50 pm
Not trying to be a dick, but I actually started thinking about this. How does Matt Hamill select his walkout music?
Sabado Gigante- December 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm
Kyle Maynard's ground n stub is outrageously dangerous! That's a fact
youngblood- December 4, 2009 at 4:42 pm
" ." " ?"
Goog- December 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Sometimes you hear [UFC color commentator Joe Rogan] say stuff like, 'What a huge right hand,' and it changes the way you see things.

Griffin - Ortiz
Machida - Rua
Couture - Vera
a dozen others

If the fighters can understand this, I would think the spectators could. Or maybe it's just members of CP. Regardless, it's nice to hear Jones say that.
Chri534.- December 4, 2009 at 3:35 pm
I'd like to see what Jone's preparation for Kyle Maynard would be like.
skeletor- December 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm
@ Sabado Gigante
It's ok he didn't hear you ZING!

I would love to see Bones beat Jardines ass thats just to bad. I bet Jardine trains at Jackson's just so there is a couple of guys in his division that won't beat his ass.
Sabado Gigante- December 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm
I wonder if Matt Hammil watches his old fights on mute...

Ah, that was a bad comment. I actually have a ton of respect for the dude. To the naked eye, it may seem like fighting without the ability to hear is barely a handicap, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Ninja Assassins rules by the way... Living proof that story lines are overrated
Tai-Pan- December 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm
Aren't you forgetting Pedro Martinez vs Don Zimmer II?