Like good ol’ John Holmes of yore, Jon Jones may very well use his length, strength and reach to whup Rampage into TKO submission before the end of the second round of UFC 135 – and that’s probably an overly generous estimate.
The 11.5 inch reach differential is nothing to scoff at. And that is exactly what you get when you subtract Rampage Jackson’s 73 inches from Jon Jone’s whopping 84.5 inches. That makes for a wingspan that can be turned into a serious probe. So in order to be a contender, Rampage would have to go past that probe. That offensive-defensive perimeter. Anyone who thinks that should be a walk in the park should watch the Jones/Shogun fight to see Jones offense at near full tilt. That 11.5 inch differential is a serious, serious weapon in the hands of someone with the explosive ability displayed in the Shogun fight. (Remember the opening flying knee followed by not one, but several Anderson Silva straight ahead kicks. Jones seems to have no respect for some of these O.G.s.)
The odds-makers who have made Jones a -500 favorite vs Rampage’s +350 to +375 are not reading tea leaves here. Au contraire, it’s all in tale of the tape and the momentum Jones has picked up since whuppin’ Shogun like a little girl. This was nominally the same Shogun who whupped Rampage to within an inch of his life at Pride Total Elimination, April 23, 2005 in Osaka Japan.
We will not belabor the UFC 135 match-up because it is really a non-event; Dana’s little side show on the freeway to Jon Jones coronation as the best in class of the new crop of UFC fighters; nervy, squeaky clean and thoroughly schooled in the arts of MMA.
Case in Point: Jones is a wrestler who took to striking like a fish to water. Throw Cain Velasquez into that wriggly pile too; a (Arizona State) collegiate wrestler who by UFC 110 was displaying the precision kicks of a Muai Thai GOAT. By UFC 121 Cain’s hands had acquired the heavy manners of a classical bare-knuckle pugilist. But we digress.
If Jones doesn’t slip up, he can win UFC 135 any number of ways – but here is one surefire way to do that: CHOP RAMPAGE’S BASE. Jones can deploy his other reach via his legs and just kick the s*it out of Rampage. Go back to Rampage’s record going back to Pride. He has never done well against fighters who kicked the hell out of him. Shogun was one of them. Jones can deploy his long legs like whips and possibly break a rib or two in the process.
Side kicking does most damage when deployed like a whip. The whip like action maximizes power the same way snapping maximizes damage in punch-boxing. Terminal acceleration. (Cyberaxis)
If Jones does this well, that’s all he is gonna need to break Rampage’s will with nary a danger of being taken down.
We are calling this for Jones in the first. Now where your money at?
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There is no connection, no substantive emotional investment to the words Rampage is mouthing here. (The only time we got the psycholinguistics wrong was in the Cain Velasquez pre-UFC 121 interviews.) In this particular case Rampage sounds more like he is trying to convince himself than his fans or anybody else, and not doing a very good a job of it. For the record, Rampage has a “Hail Mary” puncher’s chance of winning this but in order to do it, he has go past Jones’ formidable offensive/defensive perimeter or catch him, as Rashad Evans eloquently puts it in the article below.
Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones: The Spiderman vs The Superman – Or the fight Dana White should book next – Freakshow or not, this one we likey. (Cyberaxis)