MMA fighter Jon Jones has cemented his status as one of the greatest to ever do it, having submitted Cyril Gane with a Guillotine Choke at UFC 285.
However, some may be surprised to hear that Jon Jones is still a BJJ purple belt.
So, when will he be promoted to the brown belt rank, especially given his success(es) in the octagon?
Well, his coach Roberto Tussa believes that Jones trusts him and the entire process.
Here’s what Tussa had to say in a recent interview (as translated by BJJ Doc):
I think he trusts my work and the questions I bring to him, which is the understanding of Jiu-Jitsu itself. In a philosophical way.
Let’s say, using the lessons of Jiu-Jitsu in life, not only MMA, but in his personal life as well.
And I believe that Jiu Jitsu has been influencing him. That Jiu-Jitsu makes him humble, daily.
And, even though Jon Jones is a professional MMA fighter, Tussa still wants him training in the gi:
There is a certain modification in this graduation. A certain consideration since they don’t have the time.
They don’t have a certain interest in working so much in a Gi, but I need them to have a knowledge of modern Jiu-Jitsu, which is coming.
Lapel sweeps, using lapels, using the Gi itself, where to make the grips, the language of Jiu-Jitsu, the philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu itself.