Aljamain Sterling gets nostalgic watching Jon Jones coach at PFL 5
UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling knows what it’s like to get one-on-one advice from UFC legend Jon Jones.
Jones made a rare public appearance this weekend at PFL 5 in Atlanta, GA on Saturday. He was one of the PFL heavyweight cornermen and former UFC fighter Maurice Greene for his fight against Denis Goltsov.
Jones had the opportunity to show his vast knowledge of the fighting game, as well as his ability to communicate and inspire his teammates, during the fight. A clip of Jones cornering Greene has gone viral on social media after it aired on the PFL show.
Listen to Jones’ corner work at PFL 5 underneath.
Many MMA fans praised Jones for the brief glimpse into his cornering style. However, it was a tough outing for Greene who ended up losing by unanimous decision to Goltsov.
On an Instagram post from MMA Fighting showing corner work, Sterling reminisced about a time when Jones helped him early on in his development.
“I love this version of Jones,” Sterling said. “It reminds me of my freshman year at SUNY Morrisville, and me checking in and training, with a coach. Good old day!”
Sterling and Jones were briefly teammates at Morrisville State College in New York. Jones studied criminal justice before dropping out and pursuing his career in MMA.
Jones is planning a return to the UFC later this year, potentially against former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. The former light heavyweight champion has not competed since his victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247.
While Jones has had his fair share of controversy away from fighting, he has had a significant impact on fighters like Sterling who have managed to climb to championship gold.
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