Anthony Smith makes damning assessment ahead of UFC return

Jon Jones is “not that good”, according to fellow UFC star Anthony Smith.

Jones is widely regarded as the greatest UFC fighter of all time but his former opponent Smith doesn’t seem to think so.

What has Anthony Smith said about Jon Jones?

Smith, 34, was on the wrong end of an unanimous decision at UFC 235 in 2019, when Jones was deducted two points in the fourth round after landing an illegal knee to the head of his downed opponent.

And it seems Smith is still bitter about that defeat as he claimed the 35-year-old former UFC light heavyweight champion is “very beatable”.

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“Jon Jones is beatable – very beatable,” he said during an appearance on Morning Kombat by MMA Junkie. “He’s not that good – not individually.

“If you take his individual skill sets and you take them away, each one of those things are not a problem. It’s when you put them together and he puts it into the full package, it’s the problem.

“His fight IQ is not crazy high. He’s well-coached and he does what he’s told very, very well. He doesn’t actually make any decisions on his own.

“He’s very well-coached, and that’s a credit to him. I’m not saying it as a negative. I don’t think it’s a negative.”

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“I don’t think he’s the GOAT”

Anthony Smith

Jones has a 26-1-0 record with one no contest, but Smith insists that he isn’t a specialist in any particular area despite his impressive resume.

“He’s a dog, for sure,” he added. “But if you take his boxing, if Jon and I were to just box, I don’t think he’s the GOAT

“I think we have a very competitive striking match. If we’re just doing no-gi jiu-jitsu, I don’t think Jon Jones beats me in a jiu-jitsu match. Wrestling, he probably wins that.

“But it’s not the individual skill set that he has, it’s the way that he puts it together.

It’s his range and his distance management. He is a dog. He has a lot of physical gifts he uses very well.”

Jon Jones is considered the greatest fighter of all time

How good is Jon Jones?

After beating Smith three years ago, Jones has been on a mixed run of form since then.

After a labored win against Brazilian Thiago Santoshe then put his 205lb belt up for grabs against the then-undefeated Dominick Reyes.

And while he had to overcome some tough moments, Jones still managed to eke out an unanimous decision victory.

Having dominated the light heavyweight division for years, he is currently preparing to make a much anticipated move up to heavyweight.

Earlier this week, reports suggested that there are current plans for him to challenge the defending champion Francis Ngannou for the heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 285 on March 5.


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