Fights breaking out at Patriots practice

Chandler Jones, Jake Bequette

Bill Belichick generally keeps things orderly and business like at Patriots training camp, but when the Patriots practiced under the lights at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night, several players lost their cool.

It started when offensive tackle Nate Solder took what several people on the scene have described as a cheap shot at linebacker Brandon Spikes during 11-on-11 drills. That started a fight that got multiple players from the offense and the defense going at it. Solder was required to run a penalty lap, and Spikes went into the locker room and came back wearing a knee brace and jawing at Solder, although Spikes was apparently not seriously hurt.

Center Dan Koppen was also engaged in plenty of pushing and shoving, with post-play skirmishes with two players on the Patriots’ defense, Dane Fletcher and James Ihedigbo.

Patriots rookie defensive end Chandler Jones was asked if he would be joining in the training camp fights, seeing as his brother is UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones. But Chandler said he’d pass.

“You know what? I’m not Jon ‘Bones’ Jones,” Jones said. “My name is Chandler.” Read more here..


Ryan Jimmo: This is the knockout face

Ryan JimmoRyan Jimmo a Canadian fighter who is fighting his first bout in the UFC brought his debut in with a bang. The light heavyweight was fighting Anthony Perosh. The bell rings, both fighters touch gloves Jimmo closes the distance between the two and throws a big right hand catching Perosh the ear and he goes to sleep in record time.  Jimmo pounces on him and throws a punch to the side of the head, but Perosh was already KO’ed and napping. The Referee steps in and waves Jimmo off of Perosh.  This knockout is now tied for the fastest KO in UFC history. The time was seven seconds.  The KO was devastating, but more funny to me was the look on Perosh’s face as he lay sleeping. I will call this the “Knockout Face”.

You never judge how a fight is going to go, but in tonight’s case Perosh was overmatched before he even got into a rhythm to attempt to fight a good fight. Perosh has a record of (13-7) four wins by knockout and 5 wins by submission, he has never had a fight go to decision. Jimmo has a record of (17-1) 8 wins by decision, 6 TKO’s, 2 by submission, and 1 by KO. Jimmo lost his first fight via TKO.

Could Jimmo be a challenger for Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones? Only time will tell. Jimmo helped his stock tremendously with his impressive knockout of Anthony Perosh.  UFC President Dana White was thoroughly impressed with Jimmo, and whether that like will earn him a title shot down the road can only be speculated at this point.  When you knock out a guy with one punch in your first fight in the UFC and impress Dana White your stock is only going to go up.

My thoughts on Jimmo are that he has great power, but how is he going to go follow up this fight? He needs to keep doing the things in a positive way. If he can continue to win he should get a title shot down the road. In the 205 lb. weight class there are some really good fighters, Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans, Rampage Jackson Lyoto Machida to name a few, all who have fallen victim to Champion Jon Jones.

Stay tuned in the Light Heavyweight division, things could get interesting.  This division is stacked with talent and putting the right matches together will make it one of the busiest weight classes in the UFC.  The continuous flow of new talent in this weight class has kept it very competitive.  I see Dana White using this class a springboard for all the other weight classes.  The caliber of athletes in the UFC are by far the best in the world. This is where aspiring fighters look to get and be able to fight the stiffest competition in the world.


Jonny ‘Bones’ Jones vs. Anderson Silva: The ultimate fight

Jon JonesThe ultimate Mixed Martial Arts battle would come between the two best fighters in the sport today. Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Jon “Bones” Jones both champions and both are very good at keeping other fighters in a “purple haze”. Silva, fighting in Brazil his whole life and Jones, the Greco-Roman wrestler turned fighter. They are the type of athlete that you tell your children or grandchildren “I saw them when…” Having seen both these gentlemen I am convinced that they are the best that I have seen. Now I need to know which man is the better fighter. Will this fight ever happen? Who knows? Only time will tell.

I know that fight fans are chomping at the bit to see this fight happen, but there are some obstacles in the way. Silva and Jones are in different weight classes. Luckily it is only a one weight class difference. Jones weighing in at 205 pounds could drop 10 pounds and Silva at 185 pounds could add an additional 10 pounds to come up to 195 pounds. Having them meet in the middle would be the best thing for both. Silva, the Middleweight title holder has not lost a fight in five and a half years. He is 14-0 in the UFC octagon. He is thirty-six years old and he is seemingly getting better as time goes on. A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, a very good striker, and he is a very well-rounded fighter. He shows no signs of slowing down. Jones, the Light Heavyweight title holder is just twenty-four years of age. He has successfully defended his title three times so far and has a title fight against Rashad Evans April 21, 2012 in Phillips Arena in Atlanta. His wrestling is superior, he has good jiu jitsu, excellent Muay Thai, and with his 84.5 inch reach it is very hard to get inside on him. Jones is hard to hit and his unorthodox style just plain confuses opponents.

In my estimation, these two would be like lions fighting for leadership of the pride. The old lion using all his skills against the younger lion, who wants to make his mark on the sport. The old lion has wisdom and cunning on his side. The young lion has his youth, stamina and strength on his side. Both want to be the greatest, but that is reserved for just one of them. Silva has a lot of fights under his belt, so he has seen almost everything that you can see in the octagon. Jones is much younger and has only been fighting in the octagon for a few short years, but his skills give him a very good chance of winning this ultimate match were it to happen in the near future. Both Jones and Silva want to leave their signature on the world of mixed martial arts.

For me and for fight fans around the world this would be the ultimate match-up. At this point in time they are both at the top of their respective games, and the match would show the fight world who is the pound for pound best in the world. Fans of the mixed martial arts will have to wonder about which fighter is better, Jones or Silva? I would love to see Dana White put this fight together in the near future while they are both at their best. Personally I believe Jones to be the better of the two, but that distinction will be debated for some time to come. This is the fight that I would most like to see. This is my ultimate.

Mike Samuels is an MMA writer for The Sports Blitz.  He can be conatcted at

Jonny “Bones” Jones: Fighter profile

Jon JonesThe youngest champion in UFC history, those are wonderful credentials to have gained at the young age of 23 when he won the light heavyweight crown. Jon Jones was a stand-out high school wrestler and state champion. He was a Junior College champion as well. Jones has been a stand-out throughout his athletic career. In just about four years as a professional he has amassed an impressive record of 15 wins with just one defeat. That single defeat was by disqualification due to downward elbow strikes. He was handily winning that fight as well.

Jones stands 6”4 with an 84.5 inch reach, the longest in UFC history. He presents many obstacles for his opponents. He utilizes his wrestling, jiu jitsu, and Muy Thai to defeat his opponents. He is a very unorthodox fighter. He throws kicks and punches from odd angles. The elbows and spinning elbows that he throws are lethal. He is not easy to take down. His take down defense is excellent. He has very good submission skills as well. He uses the guillotine and rear naked choke very well. Coming from a Greco Roman wrestling background he has great upper body strength. He is somewhat of an enigma to those who have faced him. No one has been able to figure out his style of fighting. He is a student of the game. He watches a lot of tapes of other fighters. It has helped his all-around fight game. He is a very complete fighter in that he utilizes all aspects of the fight game. He kicks, he punches, he shoots for take-downs, he throws vicious elbows and knees. For a fighter who has only been in the game for a few years, the techniques that he uses are that of a fighter who has been at it for a much longer period of time.

He defended his title first against former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135 defeating him at 1:14 of the fourth round with a rear naked choke. He had Jackson on the defensive through three rounds of their fight and did not allow Jackson to mount much of an offense. When the fight was over Jackson gave the younger Jones a lot of praise and respect. Jones’ performance in his first title defense was to quote the video game Mortal Kombat a “Flawless Victory”. His second title defense came against another former champion in Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 and defeating him at 4:26 of the second round due to a guillotine choke. In the first round both fighters felt each other out. Exchanging punches and kicks, Machida caught Jones with a good shot, but Jones worked through it. Jones took Machida down and hit him with an elbow that put a deep cut into Machida’s head, they worked back to their feet where the referee stopped the fight to let the doctor check out the deep gash in Machida’s head. The fight resumed and just prior to the end of the fight Jones caught Machida with a short left that sent him to the canvas, and in getting to his feet he stumbled into the guillotine which ended the fight. Machida was completely knocked out and Jones left him in a bloody heap against the side of the cage to retain his title.

Jon Jones is one of the most gifted young fighters to come into the MMA world in a very long time. Now at the tender age of 24, his skill level as a fighter is well beyond his young age. Every time we see him fight it seems that he has added another weapon to his ever growing arsenal. One of the things that most impresses me about this young man is that he is very humble and soft spoken. He puts thought into the words that he speaks when being interviewed. He is an all-around nice young man. That is until you have to face him across the cage during a match. I think that Jones can be the champion as long as he chooses to be. He trains properly and has good folks around him to help him stay focused. Jones brother Arthur plays for the Baltimore Ravens and his younger brother Chandler is a D Lineman at the University of Syracuse.

If you are a fan of Mixed Martial Arts then Jon Jones is a fighter that you really need to watch if you have not done so already. You will not be disappointed in what you see. He is a one of a new breed of athletes that can compete at the elite level of whatever sport or sports that they want and do well at that level. According to Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is the No.1 light heavyweight in the world and the No. 3 Pound for pound fighter in the world.

Mike Samuels is a writer for The Sports Blitz and can be contacted at

The Jones boys are a lethal combination

Three young men coming from Endicott, New York by the name of “Jones” are somewhat of an anomaly in the fact that they are brothers and are all professional athletes. Arthur Jones of the Baltimore Ravens, Jon “Bones” Jones UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and the youngest Chandler Jones who was just drafted in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. What a happening for one small town, and what a great thing for one family. The sons of Arthur Jones Jr. and Camille Jones these young men are doing great things for themselves and their family.

Let me start off with the oldest Jones, Arthur Willis Jones III was a high school wrestler and football player at Union-Endicott High School. In his senior year he helped lead Union to a Section IV Championship. The two sport standout decided to attend Syracuse University over Pittsburgh and Rutgers. He was picked to the Second Team All Big East in 2007 and First Team All Big East in 2008 and 2009. Arthur earned a degree in Communications and Rhetorical Studies. He was considered one of the better defensive tackles going into the 2010 NFL Draft. Arthur has good size for the NFL at 6ft. 3in. and 313lbs. He was chosen in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens in that draft. He is currently on the active roster. He has become a defensive end with the Ravens. As of the end of the 2011 NFL season Jones has recorded 20 tackles. Only time will tell how far his career in the NFL will go, but with his two brothers being pro athletes also there is a lot of competition to push themselves to greater heights.

The brother in the middle of the pack in probably the most well known brother of the three is Jon “Bones” Jones the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Jon was a great high school wrestler and state champion and he was also a junior college champion. Jon decided to leave college and follow a career in Mixed Martial Arts where he has become somewhat of a prodigy in the sport. He has only lost one fight in his MMA career and that was a disqualification in a fight against Matt Hamill that he was clearly winning. When Jon won the title from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua when he was only 23 years 242 days old, he was the youngest champion in UFC history. Since then he has defended his title against Lyoto Machida, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans all former champions. Jon is considered one of the best “pound for pound” fighters in the world today. He is 6ft. 4in. and 205lbs. With all the tools at his disposal Jon can go down as the best fighter in UFC history.

The youngest of the three brothers is Chandler Jones who also played his college football at the University of Syracuse. He was selected to the 2011 All Big East team. He only played in seven games in his junior season at Syracuse. He decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. The New England Patriots chose him with the 21st pick overall in the first round. His NFL career is just getting started, but he has a bright future ahead of him. He has two very big influences on him as a person and as an athlete. We all know who they are.

The Jones boys are making their family, friends, and fans proud of them. These young men exemplify what is good in the younger generation of athletes coming up in the ranks today. All three are great role models and young men that their parents can be proud of.

Mike Samuels is a writer for TSB and can be contacted at