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Jon Jones vs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson – The long and the short of it


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.)

Jon Jones vs Rampage Jackson - UFC 135 Poster - Alt

UFC 135: Freeway billboards are a nice touch but like Harold Camping's, they won't turn what is a virtual non-event into the beginning or end of the world. UFC 135 will showcase Jon Jones chops until a worthy, yet-to-be-named contender, is found. And no, that does not include Rashad Evans, in case you are wondering.

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UFC 117: Chael Sonnen’s romp through Anderson Silva’s Forbidden City ends with a choke and a near death experience (Fight video)


Chael Sonnen’s cheeky romp through the Forbidden City ended as all cartoon strips with morality tales do: with sudden comeuppance – in this case  a choke to ye  ol’ windpipe and intimations of a near death experience. Sounds familiar? Well it should because the plot is as old as classic fable.

Silva chokes out Sonnen - Jeff Chiu, AP

Very few people beyond Anderson Silva's corner saw this coming, the anaconda moment as The Spiderman chokes out Chael Sonnen, with two minutes left in the 5th and final round of UFC 117. (Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP)

The ultimate bottomline is that UFC 117 surprised the hell out of everyone. And its end, sudden and surreptitious, caught even  Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg off guard. The explosive reaction that reverbrated worldwide  was right up there with the storied endings of famous fights  since the beginning of MMA. (Shades of Werdum vs Fedor or Lesnar vs Carwin anyone?) Continue reading

Dana White vs Anderson Silva: White’s threat to fire Silva crosses a line


Dana White’s  threat to fire Anderson Silva from the UFC in the wake of UFC 112 went way over the top.  Period and close quotes. It doesn’t matter that Dana may have been riffing off Anderson Silva’s  post-fight apology.  The bottom line is that there is a difference between Anderson saying that he is sorry for not putting on the best show for fans and Dana White saying he will fire or to use Dana’s phrase “cut him” if he ever fights like that again. Say what Darth?

(If the YouTube clip below has transmigrated to regions unknown, please Google it using the search term: Dana White threatens to fire Anderson Silva on Jim Rome Show.)

We at Cyberaxis think White may have been carried away by a moment here (see the video above); the locker-room  rah-rah-chest-thumpin’ with Jim Rome.  But then  Jim Rome is  a talking head who  riffs  off of his brain stem and  thrives on this kind of s*it; this rabble rousing.  Dana White should have known that. The end result of the cave-banging? Dana trying to show off the size of his spiked club – the one he hunts wooly-mastodons with – instead of  articulating an a well thought out position.  Foreign territory? Well, it shouldn’t because Dana’s statement really amounted to management by public statement which  is ill-suited for the organization the UFC has evolved into nationally and internationally.  Testosterone-driven dialogue is rarely good except on the  gridiron or in jock- infested locker rooms.

The 64 million dollar question is whether Dana White will adapt  to the pressure for the UFC to become more buttoned-down or will he get chastised by circumstance?  Place your bet on the latter because as hard as it may be to imagine at this point, the UFC (and MMA of which it is emblematic in  compressed space-time) is bigger than the face of its enterprising lights. Translation: The UFC and MMA are bigger than Dana White – a truism to some, but not all – especially when one is fixated on the moment and its momentary distortions.  The Fertittas,  or other pretenders to the MMA throne, are not  stay in the shadows forever.

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Dana White: Management by press statement gone awry?

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Anderson Silva: Crouching Tiger, Clowning Monkey At UFC 112 (Fight Video Link)


Here is Anderson Silva’s problem in a nutshell: If  you are gonna showboat all over the octagon  like Buffalo Bill, and carry on at like Crouching Tiger and Clowning Monkey  – then you better knock the f*ck out of your opponent at some point before the 5th round to close the deal. Fair is only fair – both in love and in war.  Fans are entitled to something  for their forbearance. In MMA they pay to see people  fight and not clown around like circus tricks. (DID you see Anderson Silva trying to use the referee as a tactical obstacle at the end of the 3rd round. And in response to that, did you see the irritated referee trying to  push Silva towards the fight not to mention the warning to not run away from engagement in the last round. The push from the referee was a first for us – and darn amazing too.) Google Anderson Silva vs Damian Maia, UFC 112 video  to get a sense of what we are talking about.

Anderson Silva’s overdue comeuppance will probably arrive via a Shogun-style or Chuck Liddell-like rock ‘n roller.  His opponent-taunting and crowd-riling-clowning was the height of disingenuity.  Silva was actually more culpable than his hapless opponent, of not pushing the fight to some kind of pre-5th round  conclusion.

But having said that, we have to point out that UFC is just as culpable, or perhaps more so, of not finding Silva credible opponents.  At this point they really need to ask him to step up  the 205lb division where the likes of Shogun Rua are waiting for him. (Forget about the Machida/Silva matchup. It proves nothing beyond the voyeuristic psychodrama some people are just dying to be privy to.  Besides,  Anderson would probably demolish Machida, which would lead to no earth-shaking revelations.)

But back to the present, Anderson Silva clearly has a P.R. problem  even by his own post-fight admission.  The clowning was not the problem. The reluctance to engage from the 3rd round onwards was. And nobody can explain that satisfactorily except Anderson. Perhaps there was a vulnerability that Maia failed to fully exploit, his heroic 4th round rally notwithstanding.  Silva may have put on some kind of clinic in the first 2 rounds, but that will not save him, from the debacle of the last 3 rounds. And this is something that will not go away easily given his rap sheet  in two other fights.  The suggestion that he may have had a physical or mental meltdown is beginning to make more and more sense.  The “Oh I punished him because he dissed me” line sounds like  a lot of twaddle from a guy who is clearly grabbing at P.R. straws.  He  should be hanging out with Frank Mir. And while on the subject, the only difference between Anderson Silva and Brock Lesnar right now is the fact that Lesnar is not in Dana’s doghouse right now.

Now having said all that, Dana White  should not have put Damian Maia in there with Silva. That was clearly his and UFC’s failure. While it  may be a measure of how hard it is for him to find a worthy opponent for Silva, Dana White should have just come out and said so in the name of candor.   If not, that realization should have tempered his tirade in the post fight press conference. A lop-sided view of the whole thing just makes Dana look like he is covering his own rear.

Cyberaxis Quest: In search of the Machida killer


The Machida era is a figment of Joe Rogan’s imagination because the idea that Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will reign supreme in the light heavyweight division for 10 years is a bit of a stretch, if not just plain silly.  With the attention that MMA and the UFC is garnering and endless waves of stronger fighters throwing their hats into the octagon, Machida will be lucky if he lasts five years. Machida’s style has already been decoded and it is not gonna take hungry young ‘uns ten years to incorporate counter-strategies into their style.

Anderson Silva already has the chops to beat Machida   (if he moves to the light heavyweight division and of course agrees to fight his former training compadre. The only problem with that is that it just doesn’t make for a very interesting fight. As much as Anderson Silva represents the apogee of MMA skill, he still lacks the stylistic and typological polarity to make a match-up between him and Machida a bankable affair, both in terms of the historical and psycho-dramatic bang for the buck.  Know-nothing dilettantes will clamor for this fight but it just ain’t worth the trouble it will take Dana White to put it together. Very few aficionados want to see this fight  because it proves nothing, one way or the other. So what if, Anderson edges Machida or Machida edges Anderson? Physiologically and stylistically they are cut from same cloth. They know each others’ flips and flops the way  Cheech knew Chong’s.  No this would just be another case of misdirected power if Dana listens to the peanut gallery and forces the two former compadres into busting each other’s “nutsacks”.

Absent Anderson Silva, the Machida killer is alive and well and no longer a figment of our pugilist imagination. And the good news is that he doesn’t necessarily have to drink piss toddies or stand on one foot Karate Kid style to beat the Belen wunderkind.  No, he just has to have a few qualities among which would be strength, quickness and devastating accuracy with his  punches and kicks. In addition, he has to be:

1. A south-paw or fighter who can adopt an effective south-paw stance to out- mirror Machida’s stance, thereby cutting down his effective striking distance. And by effective we mean someone who can actually kick and strike from that stance. (An Anderson Silva quality)

2. A fighter who can fire on the run to neutralize Lyoto’s Ginger Rogers routine. Those who have seen Lyoto’s fights know how quickly he moves back and sideways to avoid being hit. The Machida killer would have to hit him on the run, especially with fists. Rashad Evans in UFC 98 should have gone for broke and closed the gap with Machida, but then he probably didn’t have the quickness to chase him and fire on the gallop. (Anderson Silva can do this, but what is not clear is whether he can keep up with the speed and evasive quickness of Machida.)

3.  A great clinch fighter with Chuck Liddell  like takedown defenses. And the reason has to do with the fact that when Machida runs out of room, the fighters will probably  a clinch, at which point the Machida killer would have to defend a footsweep or take Machida down for the kill. (Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva quality)

4.  A strong ground and pound monster with near impeccable BJJ defense.

Stay tuned as we refine and add to this list in light of more Machida fights. Meanwhile watch this UFC 98 classic to see how our suggested strategies would have altered the outcome for poor old  Rashad Evans: His cardinal mistake?  Not closing the gap, thus reducing his arsenal to fighting devastating foot with fist. Machida’s foot did more damage, impact wise, than his fists. The fists were only effective when their impact multiplied by a cumulative effect. That is what brought Rashad Evans down.

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5. Any crafty Muay Thai  rock-n-roller in the mold of Mauricio Shogun Rua. In an earlier article, we had overlooked the former Pride wunderkind, a Brazilian to boot, who knows where the stylistic bones of Machida Karate are buried.  Shogun Rua has, since UFC 104 of  October 24, 2009, proved beyond a shadow of doubt that he is a certifiable Machida killer. Why he “lost” at this event is beyond anyone’s guess –  anyone with two bits of fairness that is.  See the appended post at the end of this article.

O Novo Dragao: Lyoto Machida - The new puzzle in the light heavyweight division

O Novo Dragao: Lyoto Machida - The new puzzle in the light heavyweight division

Appendices:

UFC 104: Mauricio Shogun Rua beats Machida bloody, but senile judges rob him blind (video included) (Cyberaxis)

Why UFC 104 with Machida vs Jackson would have eclipsed UFC 100 (Cyberaxis)