It's got to feel good when Jon Jones, one of the elite pound-for-pound fighters in MMA history, decides to vouch for you as an up-and-comer. In this case, we have Phil Hawes, a younger fighter who apparently checks out as a potential future star according to Jones.
One of my favorite things about MMA is that the stars of the sport are often willing to train with others and also to acknowledge that there are other people who are pretty good too. Sure, everybody wants to win, but these guys can recognize talent when they see it.
Jon Jones sees something in Hawes and had this awesome quote for MMAFighting.
"I think his potential is limitless. He's strong, he's smart, he learns fast, and I definitely think he's going to make an impact on the future of MMA."
This sport is growing incredibly fast and I think even the mega-stars realize that this "limitless" word not only pertains to athletes but the entire landscape of MMA as well. It's going to become way less top-heavy, with more talent and depth in the field.
I'm looking forward to seeing Hawes improve and what is to come with his career gonig forward.
(Via: Bloody Elbow)