Rare Clip Of Jon Jones Using Shoulder Strikes In UFC Fight Proves He Invented Move Not Conor McGregor
Jon Jones made shoulder strikes famous in the UFC despite critics believing Conor McGregor invented the move following his sensational comeback fight.
McGregor returned to winning ways at UFC 246 by stopping Donald Cerrone in the first round of their welterweight bout.
He won via TKO after finishing 'Cowboy' on the ground following a destructive shoulder strike which busted up his opponent's face.
Cerrone himself admitted he'd never seen anything like it, but UFC light-heavyweight champion Jones has used the exact move back in 2014.
A rare clip shows Jones pinning Glover Teixeira against the fence before landing a brutal shoulder strike during their title bout at UFC 172.
One of my favorite Jones moments. pic.twitter.com/Lnlh0xTJXl
- Sen Garcia (@AceGrains) January 19, 2020
Speaking after his 40 second drubbing to McGregor, Cerrone said: "He got me with an elbow straight away and then he headkicked me.
"I have never seen anything like the shoulder shot he hit me with. I was disorientated. Then he stepped back, I was bleeding and he headkicked me. But I love this sport and I am not stopping yet."
McGregor's coach John Kavanagh says his star pupil has been working on shoulder strikes in training camp.
"That's been going on for the last year or so... it's the first time I've seen them to that level of effectiveness," he told ESPN.
"That's been going on for the last year or so... it's the first time I've seen them to that level of effectiveness."@John_Kavanagh says @TheNotoriosuMMA has been working on the shoulder strikes thrown at #UFC246 (via @arielhelwani) pic.twitter.com/2KH7QelbbZ
- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 20, 2020
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya also praised McGregor's showing.
"It was great, I loved it. I appreciated the way he played the game. I loved the shoulder strikes, that was gangster. I liked the head kick, that was sick, it was real slick. I'm a big fan.
"And obviously his management team is my management team, so it's good. It's a good win for us because when he wins, I win; when I win, he wins. It's good for us because we get to claim a lot of the chips on the table."
McGregor, meanwhile, is expected to return to action before the summer with BMF champion Jorge Masvidal and lightweight contender Justin Gaethje touted as potential foes.