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September 25, 2011

UFC champion Jon Jones dominates Rampage

UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones defended his title Saturday for the first time against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135 in Denver. Jones outfought Jackson for three rounds before he submitted him at 1:14 of the fourth round. 

Jackson didn’t make any excuses for the loss. “I’m in the best shape of my life,” he said. “I thought he was all hype, but the kid is good. My hat is off to him. I did my best. This is the best Rampage ever, and he had me memorized.”

You could see from the start of the fight that Jackson's game plan was flawed. Between rounds his corner would yell out instructions for him to get within punching range.  

How can you get within punching range when your opponent has an 11-inch reach advantage? 

From the start of the fight Jones used his legs, hands and elbows to dominate Jackson.

Jones came out in the first round in a low wrestling crouch, hoping to take Jackson down. “I had a little epiphany last night,” Jones said. “I have a really good misdirection single-leg takedown, where you fake to the right leg and shoot to the left leg, but it didn’t workout the way I planned. 

Jones was able to get Jackson against the cage in the first round and throw elbows and knees. Jackson complained to referee Josh Rosenthal that he was hit in the groin, but the ref took no action. Jones ended the round with a wheel kick that didn’t connect, but it showed Jackson his arsenal of kicks. 

In the second, Jones continued to land outside leg kicks and straight jabs on Jackson. In the round, Jones landed a sidekick to the midsection of Rampage. Just before the end of the round, Jones tried to land a triangle choke, but Jackson is saved by the end of the round.

Jackson team's didn’t adjust its game plan when it was obvious that he couldn’t win trying to get within punching range to connect a big punch. This was the difference in the fight.

In the third, Jones once again dominated the round with kicks and takedowns. Jackson was able to land some leg kicks, but Jones had an answered by taking him down and mounting him. Jones landed an elbow on Jackson, creating a large cut of his right eye. Jones missed a flying knee attempt but landed a fast left.  

“I was very confident and a couple of times I was getting desperate cause I wasn’t sticking to my game plan like I was trained to do,” Jackson said. “It was frustrating me. Jon’s presence and his reach is really hard to deal with.”

In the fourth round, Jones drove Jackson down against the base of the cage. Jackson tried to turn so that Jones wouldn’t reopen the cut over his eye, but Jones took his back. He sunk in his hooks to flatten Jackson out and executed a rear-naked choke. Jackson tapped at 1:14 of the fourth round. It’s was the first time Jackson had been submitted since Kazushi Sakuraba submitted him in 2001. 

After the fight ring commentator Joe Rogan had Jon Jones and his next opponent, Rashad Evans, in the ring to talk about their bout.

“I’m not gonna say much leading up to this fight, I’m just gonna prove it,” Jones said. “He (Evans) has ruined my special night twice in a row now.”   

During the post fight press conference, UFC president Dana White was asked about who he thought in the 205-pound division could handle Jones. He mentioned Evans and then Dan Anderson and Maurício “Shogun” Rua. "Rashad Evans looked terrific against Tito Ortiz in their last fight," White said.

 

Really, Evans looked terrific over an old Tito Ortiz, who took the fight on late notice.

The one fighter White failed to mention was Lyoto Machida. He beat Shogun and Tito Ortiz, he knocked out Evans and he lost a bad decision to Rampage. Rampage even thought he lost that fight. Machida has an unorthodox style which would work well against Jones and he has great defense. He trains at times with Anderson Silva, so it would be a good fight before the fans call for a Super Fight between Silva and Jones.

Who do you think should be Jon Jones' next opponent? 

Posted by Kevin Richardson at 9:06 AM | | Comments (12)
        

Comments

I believe Machida would be a good match-up for Jon Jones stylistically. Both guys are unorthodox fighters. Machida has great take down defense and his striking style can match up pretty well against Jones'. It will be a very interesting fight.

ANDERSON SILVA

I want to talk to Jon Jones.

I think Rashad Evans should definitely be Jon Jones' next opponent. That fight has now been a long time in the making, and there is a genuine dislike for each other now. As much as Evans thinks he knows Jones from practice and has his ideas to defeat him, when it comes to a real fight in the Octagon, remembering practicing against him is out the window.

As for Lyoto Machida, I just don't see him posing a problem. He fights with a counter style, but when your at a huge reach advantage, how can you hope to continually counter. Plus along with the reach advantage Jones' quickness on top of that is insane. Machida would be in trouble from afar and in the clinch in my opinion.

Kevin,

I think you called it right. Machida would be the best matchup against Jones because of his unorthodox style. Evans has been damaged ever since the Machida loss. Jones would open Rua up like he did before. Dan Henderson is one of the best of all time, but he's also had a zillion fights and is past 40.

Unfortunately, I think Dana is sidelining Machida. Machida pulled out of the Evans fight (Machida would've had to relocate his camp, and he thought it was cost prohibitive), and Dana wasn't too happy about that. I don't know what went down, but for the sake of the fans, I hope they can resolve this. Machida would be a good fight, but I think Machida also needs another fight between now and the title shot to prove that he belongs there again.

bigWOWO,
I can't agree more. Machida does seems to be in Dana White's doghouse for the moment. But once Jones choke out Evans, he would then have to turn to Machida or try and get one of the (lighter) heavyweights to come down in side.
Kevin

Machida should be his next opponent

The best possible match-up's is as follows.

Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans (Two !@#holes fighting each other, huzzah)

Phil Davis and Dan Henderson (Proves if Hendo can challenge the youth, and if Davis can hold his own against a god)

Rampage and Shogun (Decent Match Up)

And Lyoto should finally fight Forrest.

Though I want Lyoto to fight someone top 5 I just don't think Dana wants to help him...

i would love to rashad evans and jones on the tale of the tape im sure jones would have a reach and hieght advantage but i sure it would be a better fight than rampage for the ground game so cmon dana white set it up. please

I, Lyoto Machida will be "Bones's" next opponent. I can move into striking range and leave faster than my shadow. I can hit before he even realizes we're in the same cage. Machida Karate!!!!

Machida would certainly be a challenge to Jones

Rua's diligent frontal aggression exposed the "chink in the armor" of Machida's "pick 'em apart" counter attack strategy and Jones's incendiary intensity and reach made short work of Rua.
I don't see a Jones vs. Machida match up as having any more potential for excitement than any other early knock out in a championship fight can bring.
The only real threat currently in possession of the highly evolved offensive and defensive weapons it will take to defeat Jones, and likely the only fight I will (gratefully) pay to view, belong to Anderson Silva.
Please... while we're young!

You guys really sound like you don't know !@#$. Rashad Evans? Won't lay a finger on Jones but should be his next fight. As for Machid he needs to get a couple more wins under his belt. If he had the sam reach as Jones he'd be a threat, but now... It would be good to see as Machida has a chance to beat anyone else in the division. RAMPAGE should try to mke 185 clobber Bisping then fight Vitor for the title shot while Chael gets his rematch. That would be !@#$king AWESOME. If he can't make the weight then I think its due time for a rematch with Shogun if they both win another fight

David,
Did you know that Rampage & Bisping both fight for Wolfslair MMA Academy?
Another fighter that would be a good match up for Jon Jones maybe Cheick Kongo, if they can get him down to 205.
Kevin

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