Training with Jon Jones is an 'honour', admits Condit

ESPN staff
August 5, 2010
Jon Jones made victory over Vladimir Matyushenko look like a walk in the park © UFC

Carlos Condit has confessed it is an 'honour' to train with Jon Jones, and he warned future opponents not to kid themselves that the light-heavyweight starlet is weak off his back.

Condit is part of Greg Jackson's gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he shares the same training mat as the brightest talent on the UFC roster. At 26 years of age, Condit is three years the senior of Jones, yet he admits it is a privilege to be on the same team as the Greco-Roman stand-out.

"The team is very proud of him, he's obviously got the talent and he works his butt off, so a combination of the two is pretty unstoppable," Condit told ESPN.co.uk.

"The sky's the limit for Jon. I feel honoured to work with him because he's going to be one of the greats."

Jones beat Vladimir Matyushenko on Sunday to take his MMA record to 11-1, with the one loss coming via disqualification. The ease at which he finished Matyushenko was a warning to the rest of the light-heavyweight division, although it did leave one question unanswered. Due to his utter dominance, Jones is yet to be pressurised on his back, but Condit insists there is no weakness to be revealed should an opponent take the youngster down.

"Whatever you show Jon in training, he just kind of soaks it up like a sponge. His body type is perfect for jiu-jitsu, especially guard jiu-jitsu.

"Because he's such a good wrestler we haven't had to see him work off his back, but he's at the right place to learn his jiu-jitsu, I'll leave it at that."

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