Jon Jones’ coach Mike Winkeljohn thinks Daniel Cormier rematch at UFC 200 will be an “easier fight”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones (photo credit Jayne Kamin-Oncea © USA Today)

“We’ve already got the game plan put together – now it’s almost easier in some ways, because we continue working it. We’ve been training for it for a while, so I think it’s going to be an easier fight for Jon… It’s different things. Overall game plan, we know we can win here, and you get more detailed on the tactics as you get closer and closer to it, and you find out that works, that doesn’t work. So you start fine-tuning. But almost immediately, you put together an overall strategy, and you start fine-tuning the closer you get.”

-Jon Jones’ striking coach Mike Winkeljohn talks to about Jones’ UFC 200 rematch with Daniel Cormier.

Penick’s Analysis: They had a specific gameplan into UFC 197, and having already defeated Cormier at UFC 182 the “fine-tuning” aspect of this camp could very well result in an easier victory for Jones in this rematch. Cormier’s not an easy fighter to defeat, of course, and Jones is the only one who has done it, but that’s also kind of the point. He’s done it. Cormier doesn’t have a path to victory that’s clear right now; Jones does, and they think they can prepare even better for the rematch with the knowledge of what worked and what didn’t in that first fight.

[Photo (c) Jayne Kamin-Oncea via USA Today Sports]

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