Anderson Silva’s coach reveals his strategy to defeat Jon Jones

While MMA fans everywhere are quite familiar with Anderson Silva’s constant dancing around the topic of a superfight with 205 lb. champion Jon Jones, Silva’s trainer Josuel Distak may know that the bout is imminent. It is because of this that he has already begun to gameplan for the bout mentally at Silva’s X-Fight gym in Brazil. Speaking to, Distak revealed his thoughts on beating Jones, and they were similar to that of Dan Henderson before a knee injury prevented him from implementing the plan at UFC 151:

“Actually, we have not seen Jon Jones on his back. 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.”

Jones tends to dictate the pace of his fights, and uses excellent takedown defense and MMA wrestling to make sure he maintains top control. Obviously he has been extremely effective at this strategy, and one would think it will be very tough for Silva to put Jones on his back, especially if Rashad Evans could not. But if anyone would be able to do just that, it would put Jones in an untested land. Jones himself stated that he has work to do on his jiujitsu after Vitor Belfort almost broke his arm from the guard at UFC 152. Distak is no doubt an amazing trainer, working with Anderson Silva, Erick Silva, and “Jacare” de Souza. Can Anderson Silva find a way to drag Jon Jones into largely untested waters? Hopefully the MMA world will soon have the chance to find out.


  1. Avatar of TheMacMuch


    November 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    woow nice revelation!!

    • Avatar of FirstnLastEmperor


      November 27, 2012 at 1:55 am

      why does everyone assume he means take him down? why not assume hes gonna take AS down and theyre talking about hitting a switch or something to be on top.. i think if jones hits the ground he immediately has a flash of almost being subbed n the pain in his elbow witll flare up even and that's how he will make a mistake.. even though he didnt win, i think vitor took something with him that night… and instilled some fear in jones, i think he'll be weary of dangerous bjj guys and try to not go that route, but when it';s AS bjj is the better option.. n thats where his mistake comes and we know AS capitalizes on everything.

  2. Avatar of juancarlos


    November 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Yeah, you just need to take him to the ground (!)

    • Avatar of gm1


      November 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      lol !!!!
      Yeah take JJ down would be the perfect gameplan…
      Then you can just beat him up from there…. WEAK

      There will be NO PORTION of that fight where AS with be the aggreser…

      ONly way for AS to win will be by submission, by a mistake, by JJ.

  3. Avatar of Fluidity


    November 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    The day Silva shoots for a TD will be the day Jon Fitch gets a 1rst round head kick KO on someone.

  4. Avatar of Brian Cox

    Brian Cox

    November 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    You have to get him there first.

  5. Avatar of cfcy


    November 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    The day that Asilva goes for a takedown Kimbo Slice will be heavyweight champion

  6. Avatar of Brasil


    November 27, 2012 at 12:05 am

    What a brilliant idea!!! Maybe brock or Cain could take him down!!!

  7. Avatar of azzkika


    November 27, 2012 at 12:29 am

    This is probably another pointless article and debate as I seriously doubt Silva – GSP or Silva – Jones will ever happen.

    If Silva did face Jones he is not without chance as his striking is fast and accurate but I somehow doubt he would land enough on Jones and that Jones would take Silva down and unleash brutal G n P and stop Silva.

  8. Avatar of DKMcGrath


    November 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Mind games Silva can defeat Jones on the feet length unpedictible as Jones is Anderson can beat him hes just too accurate and quick with strikes and if Jones takes him down Silva will submit him count on it.

  9. Avatar of cranestyle


    November 27, 2012 at 1:57 am

    His strategy? Have one of his coaches start talking about plans that he has no intention of doing.

  10. Avatar of ripstic5021


    November 27, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Silva's best bet to beat Jones is to use his speed and illusiveness to show his superior striking skills. Jones is good all around but not really great at anything. Silva clearly has the best striking in MMA.

  11. Avatar of DJPlatinumUSA


    November 27, 2012 at 3:51 am

    When they say that they want to test Jones on his back, remember, shooting for a takedown is not the only way to put somebody on the ground, he can knock him down with standing strikes too.

  12. Avatar of Michael1985


    November 27, 2012 at 7:25 am

    But A Silva is Scared Hommies, he only want to fite(G)Sorge becoz he bez he bez!! lol I just dont like guy picking on Smaller the word of p4p thrash king Sonnen, A Silva is a Bully!!!!

  13. Avatar of grandslam


    November 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Nice strategy!! well done.

  14. Avatar of vallyboy


    November 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I really had i with these super fights

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