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MMA coach Brandon Gibson sat down with 1STMAN to talk about the return of Jon Jones, the evolution of striking, Mayweather’s chances fighting in the UFC and more.

Brandon is a coach at Jackson Wink MMA Academy and has trained the likes of Jon Jones, Carlos Condit, John Dodson, Cub Swanson, Tim Kennedy, Rustam Khabilov, Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, Joby Sanchez, Timur Valiev and many more fighters.

 

Brandon Gibson Interview

 

 

What stands out to you as a coach which makes you believe that someone can become an elite level fighter?

The biggest strengths I look for in taking on a potential fighter is their level of self-belief and work ethic. I can teach a lot of skills and techniques, but it is very difficult to teach heart and drive to a fighter.

 

 

You’ve spoken about the evolution/next stage of striking. Could you give us some information regarding this, including the names of fighters that are leading the way in doing so?

I think there are several fighters in the next generation of mixed martial artist that are leading the new wave of strikers. First and foremost would have to be Conor McGregor. His precision, timing and accuracy are second to none. My young protege Lando Vannata is also one that I believe is elevating the evolution of striking with his off-rhythm entrances, feints and power. And how can you not be a fan of the athletic and aerobatic striking of fighters like Zabit Magomedsharipov and Mark Diakesse. This next generation of fighters have even a greater awareness of range, levels and the ability to disguise set up’s more than the generation before.

 

 

Obviously you’re the coach of Jon Jones, recently you predicted a 3rd fight with DC on social media, could you expand on this and tell us what makes you so confident about a 2018 Jon Jones comeback?

Jeff Novitsky recently made comments regarding Jon Jones’ testing on an episode of the Joe Rogan podcast. I know that Jon would never intentionally cheat, and I believe there is a lot of substantial evidence to support that. I’m looking forward to Jon’s hearing with USADA, and I can’t wait to seeing him get back competing again in the UFC.

 

 

MMA fighters are in terrific shape, could you give the average person 5 of your most effective exercises that will help their physical appearance without having to enter a cage?

Most fighter’s strength and conditioning regiments are built around circuit style training. Short duration with high explosive exercises.
1. Plyometric box jumps: 30 seconds, 15 seconds rest.  3 sets.
2. Sprint sets: 45 second sprint, 15 second recovery. 3 sets. 
3. Squats (weight dependent on athlete): 5 lifts. 20 seconds recovery. 3 sets.
4. Medicine ball ground slams. 10 slams. 20 seconds recovery. 3 sets.

5. Jump rope cool down. Steady pace. 5 minutes.

 

 

Is there any fighter you wish you could coach from either the past or present?

What trainer wouldn’t want to work with legendary boxers like Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson? Or get to share theories and ideas with the great Bruce Lee?

 

 

With Mayweather teasing an MMA debut, give us your prediction for how long he lasts and how the fight goes?

Floyd has outstanding footwork, but the range is so much different in MMA than it is in boxing. I don’t think Floyd would last long before he ate a few hard leg kicks and a double leg take down. He would need to practice his ground work for years to be able to defend himself from the submission attempts or ground and pound work from a high level MMA fighter. I don’t think Floyd would make it out of the first round.

 

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MMA coach Brandon Gibson sat down with 1STMAN to talk about the return of Jon Jones, the evolution of striking, Mayweather's chances fighting in the UFC and more.

Brandon is a coach at Jackson Wink MMA Academy and has trained the likes of Jon Jones, Carlos Condit, John Dodson, Cub Swanson, Tim Kennedy, Rustam Khabilov, Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, Joby Sanchez, Timur Valiev and many more fighters.

 

Brandon Gibson Interview

 

 

What stands out to you as a coach which makes you believe that someone can become an elite level fighter?

The biggest strengths I look for in taking on a potential fighter is their level of self-belief and work ethic. I can teach a lot of skills and techniques, but it is very difficult to teach heart and drive to a fighter.

 

 

You've spoken about the evolution/next stage of striking. Could you give us some information regarding this, including the names of fighters that are leading the way in doing so?

I think there are several fighters in the next generation of mixed martial artist that are leading the new wave of strikers. First and foremost would have to be Conor McGregor. His precision, timing and accuracy are second to none.

My young protege Lando Vannata is also one that I believe is elevating the evolution of striking with his off-rhythm entrances, feints and power. And how can you not be a fan of the athletic and aerobatic striking of fighters like Zabit Magomedsharipov and Mark Diakesse. This next generation of fighters have even a greater awareness of range, levels and the ability to disguise set up's more than the generation before.

 

 

Obviously you're the coach of Jon Jones, recently you predicted a 3rd fight with DC on social media, could you expand on this and tell us what makes you so confident about a 2018 Jon Jones comeback?

Jeff Novitsky recently made comments regarding Jon Jones' testing on an episode of the Joe Rogan podcast. I know that Jon would never intentionally cheat, and I believe there is a lot of substantial evidence to support that. I'm looking forward to Jon's hearing with USADA, and I can't wait to seeing him get back competing again in the UFC.

 

 

MMA fighters are in terrific shape, could you give the average person 5 of your most effective exercises that will help their physical appearance without having to enter a cage?

Most fighter's strength and conditioning regiments are built around circuit style training. Short duration with high explosive exercises.
1. Plyometric box jumps: 30 seconds, 15 seconds rest.  3 sets.
2. Sprint sets: 45 second sprint, 15 second recovery. 3 sets. 
3. Squats (weight dependent on athlete): 5 lifts. 20 seconds recovery. 3 sets.
4. Medicine ball ground slams. 10 slams. 20 seconds recovery. 3 sets.
5. Jump rope cool down. Steady pace. 5 minutes.

 

 

Is there any fighter you wish you could coach from either the past or present?

What trainer wouldn't want to work with legendary boxers like Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson? Or get to share theories and ideas with the great Bruce Lee?

 

 

With Mayweather teasing an MMA debut, give us your prediction for how long he lasts and how the fight goes?

Floyd has outstanding footwork, but the range is so much different in MMA than it is in boxing. I don't think Floyd would last long before he ate a few hard leg kicks and a double leg take down. He would need to practice his ground work for years to be able to defend himself from the submission attempts or ground and pound work from a high level MMA fighter. I don't think Floyd would make it out of the first round.

 

Follow Brandon: Instagram