Bisping to NBA Player on Jones Callout: 'Your Head Will Be the Only Thing Bouncing'

Doubts arise over Johnson's proclaimed martial arts achievements

by Faizan Chaudhary
Bisping to NBA Player on Jones Callout: 'Your Head Will Be the Only Thing Bouncing'
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In the unpredictable world of sports, there’s often a tendency for athletes from one discipline to feel they can easily switch to another. Recently, former NBA standout James Johnson caught the media's attention by audaciously claiming he could defeat UFC legend Jon Jones after just a year of wrestling training.

Michael Bisping, former UFC champion and MMA pundit, wasn't having any of it. Bisping, known for his no-holds-barred commentary, responded vociferously to Johnson's claims. “Give me a year? Really? You think that's enough?” Bisping retorted in a freshly uploaded YouTube video.

He continued by pointing out that while many get pumped after watching martial arts films or feel invincible after a few drinks, reality paints a vastly different picture.

Bisping Questions Johnson's Credentials

Johnson, despite having an alleged karate background and boasting records of 20-0 in kickboxing and 7-0 in MMA, drew skepticism from Bisping, who pointedly mentioned a fruitless search for Johnson’s fight credentials on reputable databases like Tapology and Sherdog.

“There’s not one 6'8" basketball-playing James Johnson on there. This guy is delusional!” exclaimed Bisping. He went on to critique the authenticity of so-called regional kickboxing champions, suggesting that many titles are won in less than stellar conditions against ill-prepared opponents.

Bisping was equally dismissive of Johnson's insinuation that Jon Jones is primarily a wrestler. “Jones is an MMA titan, with a stellar record. His upcoming bout with Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 in Madison Square Garden is testament to his legacy,” Bisping stated.

He emphasized Jones’s diverse skill set, especially his aggressive fighting spirit, making it clear that stepping into the octagon with Jones isn’t for the faint-hearted. Bisping ended with a sharp piece of advice for the basketball player: “Stay in your lane.

The octagon isn't for dribbling. If you step in there with Jon Jones, it's your head that'll be bouncing”. Jon Jones is slated to face Stipe Miocic on November 11th in NYC. While his focus is undoubtedly on Miocic, fans and experts alike eagerly await any response from Jones regarding Johnson’s comments. As of now, Jones has remained silent on the matter, keeping his concentration on the upcoming championship clash.