Now that his legal woes are out of the way, Jon Jones is turning his focus back on what's important... his title fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 197 on April 23: his first since being reinstated after his hit-and-run incident in 2015.
To prep for his comeback, the former UFC light heavyweight champion has brought Roberto Alencar, a world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, onto his training team. Jones made the announcement via an Instagram post with the coach.
“Hired @tussagb & @baratagb as my official jujitsu coaches today. #Growth #TeamJones is only 68 days away from world title number 10.”
Also hired was Rafael Freitas. Both coaches are accomplished Gracie Barra black belts. Alencar has a long list of accomplishments including becoming the World No-Gi Champion in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2012, and winning the Pan American Absolute Championship.
Alencar reposted the photo of Jones and himself with the caption:
“Honored to be part of this dream team!!! @jonnybones @sixgungibson @mmacoachwink @jacksonwink_mma @gbwear @graciebarranm @graciebarra @baratagb @izzystylewrestling #goat”
Jones is hoping that his new coaches bring a new level to his game. According to the fighter, he has three fights left in the light division before tackling bigger foes in the heavyweight division.
That is, if he can get his title back from Cormier first.