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.)