Welcome to the UFC: Trevin Jones

Timur Valiev and Trevin Jones face off ahead of UFC Vegas 7
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 21: (L-R) Opponents Timur Valiev of Russia and Trevin Jones face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

On August 22 the UFC is back in action at the UFC Apex. The UFC Vegas 7 card is headlined by Frankie Edgar and Pedro Munhoz in a very important bantamweight bout — which is also Edgar’s debut in the weight class. The rest of the card, well, it’s a bit of a Frankenstein-esque affair, assembled last minute in a mad dash to fight night. Michelle Waterson vs Angela Hill dropped off the card. Ovince St. Preux had a change of opponents in the co-main event. A number of other fighters dropped out, including two at weigh-ins. With a lot of late notice replacements, Trevin Jones is stepping in on short notice for Mark Striegl to fight fellow newcomer Timur Valiev.

Trevin Jones
Tamuning, Guam
Vida BJJ
4 Submissions

How will Jones fare in the UFC:

Trevin Jones is very frustrating to watch due to the fact that he’s a talented athlete, but putting it all together is a big issue. On the feet, he throws a good right hand and attacks the lead leg well. The thing is, he’s low output as he throws single strikes. Throwing in general is a problem on its own. Jones has zero urgency, hardly ever engaging which the reason he’s gone the distance six times with all being split decisions.

Jones is a grinder at best pushing his opponents against the cage with good control and head position. On the flip side, he gets pressed against the cage as well and struggles against pressure. He has decent wrestling and does have good jiu-jitsu. It’s just even on the mat he’s stiff not really moving being confident riding positions. He’s good at capitalizing on mistakes from opponents and catching a submission. His takedown defense is also a bit of a worriment getting taken down quite easily especially against the cage. Jones has a lot of areas to improve on if he’s to do well in the UFC.

How he matches up with Valiev:

Timur Valiev is quite the opposite of Jones as he’s very active and trows a good amount of output. Jones should probably try to wrestle Valiev but easier said than done. Valiev has the wrestling advantage and overall is much better on the mat. I don’t see a path to victory for Jones in this one.