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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 114 like the proverbial tree in the forest: A non-event looking for eyes and ears


So Rashad “Suga” Evans (16-1) and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (30-7) are finally gonna face off May 29 at UFC 114. Well, it must be true  since the banners are flying. But the real question is who fuckin’ cares? Certainly not us here at Cyberaxis.  Why? Well because it is just not an interesting fight. Not by an octagonal mile. Rashad Evans vs Rampage Jackson is a showdown between a slugger who can take serious punishment and a thumper who can also get down.  If the UFC had its head screwed on right, it would stage this fight as a fan-appreciation freebie. What would be more Fan Expo than a freebie for the hard-bitten fans?

Applause!

Nuttin’ but winners all around.

Rampage “Call Me Mr T” Jackson gets to have his ass whupped live on TV and the fans get to enjoy a low-calorie  freebie while the world gawks at the wonder of the un-choreographed mayhem that is MMA. Can you say “mo better fans”? What’s there not to like Dana?

Rashad and Rampage were originally scheduled to fight in UFC 107 as the finale to their coaching rivalry in The Ultimate Fighter 10 TV show.  The anticipated fight fell apart after Jackson accepted a film role as  B.A. Baracus in the remake of the The A Team.

Evans vs Jackson Faceoff

Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans at UFC 96: WWE theater sans the tights. Send in the clowns.

For the money, this fight has so little going for it that we would rather see two MMA grannies  go at it Beverly Hillbilly style. We mean seriously, who friggin’ cares if a more fresh thumper  (Rashad Evans) edges out a veteran slugger  from the golden edge of Pride (Quinton Jackson)? Not us here at Cyberaxis.  And it certainly doesn’t help matters that this fight was hatched in the froth of an over-dramatized TV show. The souped-up story-line  resulted in the fake  face-off at the end of UFC 96 after Rampage’s thumping of Keith Jardine (Heave! See  pic on the right.)  Vince McMahon would have been proud.

The UFC is, among other things, in the business of creating froth, substantive or otherwise – the latter being synonymous with hype. It is our job to call it as we see it. UFC 114 in the UFC trying trying to tie up the loose ends of bad decisions(dropping the Machida vs Jackson ball)  and mishaps (Jackson being incensed enough to temporarily quit the UFC.)  This is the MMA equivalent of the a promotional organization (the UFC) making wide turns. A measure of the irrelevance of this fight is that it can fall off the face of the earth and nothing in MMA will move. If Rampage wins, he proves he still got the mojo – tick, tock, tick, tock (Rampage probably never recovered from the  knees he received from Shogun in Pride.) If  Evans wins, chalk one up for fresh talent – the noobs who are about to take over the dojo.

In case you missed it, we think Evans will edge out Rampage on the strength of  his freshness, strength and quickness. He may not have the experience that Jackson has, but he has fewer injuries. Read that less banged up. The MMA Betting Blog is  giving Rampage a slight edge (Rampage -130 Evans +100. ) The other thing going for Evans is that Rampage probably doesn’t have as much fire in the belly as he lets on. He is probably not over the  B.A. Baracus thing and the brouhaha that surrounded  it.  How much is Rampage’s mind in this fight? Well, let’s just say, we wouldn’t put our money on it.

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UFC 113 – Machida vs Shogun II: Anything can happen but Shogun Rua still has the edge


Job one for the UFC  is to make sure the judges who scored UFC 104 are not anywhere in the neighborhood when UFC 113 between Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua kicks of in Montreal on May 8, 2010.  The closest these old farts should be allowed to get to the fight should be some  rundown Hooters joint showing the fight on a grimy flat-screen. Thanks to them, the travesty seen around the world has given birth to a sham of a rematch in which the putative belt-holder, Lyoto Machida,  should really be fighting to get his belt back from the rightful holder – Mauricio Shogun Rua.  Let the record show that.  Shogun Rua, who at the time, was the Light Heavyweight challenger, clearly won UFC 104.  No ifs, ends or buts about it.

“Lyoto made Shogun come after him. He determined where the fight took place, which, in my opinion, constitutes as effective Octagon control.”   (Judge Cecil Peoples, CageReport.Net)

Say what!?  This loony-tunes thinking  should go into the record books as a prime example of how not to judge a match and better still, how not to talk about it afterwards. Read the whole spiel here to get a sense of Judge Cecil Peoples’ words out in context.  His disingenuous “I’m just glad the other judges on the panel saw it the same way” should be part of the evidence as to why he and his sidekicks shouldn’t be allowed near a UFC fight anytime too soon – at least not as a danse de trois. But we digress.

Machida vs Shogun II

Machida vs Shogun: Anything can happen, but the edge goes to Shogun

Crunch-time For Machida (He has more to prove and at stake than Shogun Rua): Machida vs Rashad Evans was rightfully the birth of the Machida legend. He clearly pulled of a unique feat using tools in the MMA arsenal that had not been used in living memory. Then came a rock ‘n roller named Mauricio Shogun Rua who quickly defanged Machida and showed up the holes in his game.  It appeared the Machida legend was D.O.A. ( dead on arrival) and it may very well be was it not for the judges’ messing up of the public narrative. On paper, Machida is the still champion – but the fans know better – just like Americans are wiser for the grassy knoll. But we digress.

The bottom-line is that UFC 113  is  crunch time for Machida and his new-fangled Machida franchise.  He and he alone is the  one with something to prove to the world.  Because of what is at stake, Machida will be going all out to win by knock-out, but his ingrained instincts are gonna fight him. And an octagonal battle royal is unfortunately Shogun Rua’s old stomping ground.  The Brazilian rock ‘n roller earned his colors in Pride knocking off heads of guys who were tough – if not tougher than Machida.  He will welcome not having to chase Machida doing his old Ginger Rogers routine.

Be that as it may, anything can happen in this fight because the entire  Machida clan is determined to win this one for posterity – and realistic odds should reflect that. Losing is as much an option for the Machida clan as it was for the Gracie family and you can see how tough adjusting to new realities was for that first family of MMA grappling.

Stratagems Coming Into UFC 113: Expect Machida to keep Shogun off balance by feints that will be alternated with stinging attacks calculated to stun, knock out or establish an effective perimeter for Machida’s  método de guerra.  Shogun should watch out for tenderizing kicks from the outside and flying knees from the inside. Machida does not have knock out power, so he is gonna rely on kicks, flying knees and cumulative punches to do the job.  Tactically, Machida really needs that perimeter – an electrified fence  from behind which he can launch his trademark sneak attacks.  The said perimeter needs to be a real because nothing less can stop Shogun from advancing on Machida’s ass.  No secret there.

The flip-the-coin aspect of this fight comes in the form of what can happen when two fighters of this caliber advance on each other and virtually  collide.  Because of the accuracy of their strikes, anything can happen.  However we at Cyberaxis think that Shogun is marginally  favored to win because:

1. By attacking, Machida will be playing to Shogun’s strength  namely mixed martial arts from  the stand and deliver school of pugilism.  Rua’s instincts are gonna serve him well in this fight – as long as he doesn’t get careless.

2.  Accurate striking, as the tenderized ribs and bloodied face of Machida proved in the last fight, will make Machida more hesitant about charging Shogun. Remember Machida doesn’t really like to be hit and his back-pedalling instincts can easily reassert themselves in the heat of battle.

3.  Shogun Rua proved in the last fight that he either  has a strong chin or Machida’s strikes aren’t up to snuff when it comes to stunning or knocking him out.

The Machida team will try to neutralize  Shogun’s kicks; the same  kicks that hobbled Machida in the last fight. They are gonna try and neutralize that weapon, but its not gonna be easy. Punch counters are gonna  be costly as Machida would be trading fists for kicks and take downs may not be that appealing from a tactical standpoint. Whatever they come up with, the bottomline is that Machida’s team  can’t afford to have that kick working as well as it did in UFC 113.

The real fight of the night is Paul Daley vs Jeff Koscheck. Something fresh. Something new.  The stylistic differences between the two fighters are intriguing and the pre-fight rah-rah is as intriguing as anything we have heard in UFC. The low-grade disses have that ring that made bare-knuckle  school yard fights such a thrill to watch. Paul Daley may be a one trick pony, but he talks up a good storm. He gets under a Koscheck’s skin because he  sounds like he believes every word he says and anybody who doesn’t is a bit nuts.

Machida vs Rua – Comparative Tale O’ Tape:

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua:

Age: Born Nov. 25, 1981 (Age 27)

Record: 19-4-0 (16 KOs, 1 submission, 3 decisions)

Height: 6ft 1 in

Weight:  201lbs

Reach: 76.0 in

Style, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Stance: Orthodox

Years: 2002 – Present

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida:

Age: 31 Born May 30, 1978 (Age 31)

Record: 16-1 (5 KO, 2 submissions, 9 decision)

Height 6ft 1 in

Weight 205lbs

Reach: 74 in

Style: Machida Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sumo,

Stance:  South Paw

Years 2003 – Present

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Flash Update:

As was to be expected, Shogun knocked out Machida in spectacular fashion in the first round after a blow to Machida’s temple brought Machida down for a ground and pound coup de grace which saw Machida out cold by the 5th blow. By the time the announcement of Rua’s win was made, Machida’s left eye was black and blue and almost swollen shut. Order has been restored to the Light Heavyweight Division. A wrong has been righted and the judges of UFC can now be encouraged to take early retirement.

We were off on Paul Daley vs Jeff Koscheck,  but not by much. We missed the end result, a win by Koscheck over Paul Daley by a lackluster ground game that had fans booing. But that result would have been totally different had Jeff Koscheck decided to standup and bang with Paul Daley like he said he might. He did not. From the opening round he cowered behind a crappy ground game that did not result in much pounding or submission holds. And with 36 seconds left in the first round, Koscheck faked being hit by a knee in the face and really lived up to the “mamma’s boy” aspersion that Daley was bandying about. The referee got to the bottom of the fake and the fight was resumed with Kosckeck immediately resorting to the tried and true – the wrestling. He managed to wangle 3 wins over 3 rounds for a decision that was anything but glorious.

And Now The Travesty of the Night: By this time, Paul Daley was wigging out so much that he just slugged Jeff Koscheck in the face out of sheer spite. The referee had to jump in and contain him. Can you say Mike Tyson moment? We are very disappointed by Paul Daley’s reaction and await to see what sanctions will be imposed on him. He deserves most of what is coming down to him – and for a young man who had so much unvarnished promise, this was very disappointing. How stupid and unprofessional can one be?

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Appendix:

UFC 104 Fight Video: Mauricio Shogun beats Machida bloody, but senile judges, and god knows what, rob him blind (Cyberaxis)

Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones: The Spiderman vs The Superman – Or the fight Dana White should book next


And no kidding too ….

Jon Jones Kicks Obrien

“Roy Jones” incarnate with the MMA chops – The coming of Jon “Bones” Jones a.k.a. Johnny B. Nimble. Is  Jones, The Superman, ready to eat the Spiderman’s lunch? Or is it a case of “The Other Natural vs The Supernatural.” Remember you heard it here first.

The message board gurus think it’s too premature and Dana White thinks that throwing Jon Jones to the sharks too early  may not be a good idea.  B.S. !  He had no  such compunctions  when big ol’  Brock Lesnar came along;  and pound for pound Jones is a better fighter than Brock will ever be.  “Johnny B. Nimble” has all the genes that have made Anderson Silva an MMA terror –  and perhaps a little bit more.  Jones exudes the  “oh yah”  kind of machismo hatched in gym of hard knocks and street  corners where no quarters are given or taken without a whiff of  blood: the (then) un-inked representation of martial genes  with a buzz cut to match.  In case you haven’t noticed, this “kid” is as fearless as  Shogun Rua was in his heyday. Yes, Shogun the  former Pride alum who is also waiting to hand Anderson Silva his head back to him when he comes back to the 205lb division. (Anderson Silva fought Irvin at 205lbs on July 19, 2008 and Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 on August 8, 2009. Both times he knocked his opponents out in the first round.)

And as if chops were  not enough Jones has the  sangfroid that allowed him to keep his cool when Brandon Vera was blasting his family jewels. Jones took the punishment like a gladiator then came back to blast Vera’s orbital  like squash in a Ghallagher smashfest. Aah, the few, the proud,  the Marines. This is the kind of bang the army can’t  buy when it pays Dana and the Fertitta brothers big bucks for spots on their prize-fighting show. But we clearly digress

Anderson Silva - Naked Ambition

Anderson Silva – “The Other Natural”: The best there ever was with the accent increasingly falling on “was”. Remember he is 36 and counting. Old men don’t fight our wars.  Is he about to meet his comeuppance in the form of Jon “The Supernatural” Jones? This would be the mother of all fights in early 2012. And one that would coincide with the Apocalypse of Mayan lore.

The blogmeisters who are pooh-poohing this kid’s chances against Anderson Silva may just be  underestimating his  ability to adapt to opponents Cain Velasquez’s-style and  to bring it like it was  1999 all over again. We here at Cyberaxis have more than a hunch: one teeny-weeny slip-up and one of the fighters will be looking for their mouth-guards, and it won’t be Jon Jones.

UFC has nothing to lose in bringing a non-title  superfight between Jon Jones and Anderson Silva to the Octagon by Christmas 2012.  Nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Beyond riling up the masses – the peasantry with the pitchforks –  it will make major, major bank for the UFC. (Are you reading this Lorenzo?)

Lorenzo on Bones vs Silva

“Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin”: The writing is on the wall of Anderson Silva’s kingdom.

The smart money says make it happen as a non-title superfight at a weight not exceeding  205lbs and let the headline chips fall where they may. If nothing else it will stir up the MMA pot like no other recent fight except perhaps  Mir vs Carwin or Machida vs Rashad Evans. Give the fans credit. They may be  onto something here, the blogsphere naysayers notwithstanding.

The interest in this fight is IN-tense to a point where Jones can’t even escape it.  His tweet on the subject shows that he is guardedly intrigued by the possibility. And anyone who thinks he is remotely intimidated by the prospect ought to re-read the tweet without the “No child left behind” befuddlement:

Jon Bones tweet on Anderson Silva

Subtext to the Spiderman: “I ain’t scared o’ ya.” Bernie Mac would be proud.

Mentally, Jon Jones thrives on this kinda shit; this “gee-whiz” kinda shit. Giving him less would be shortchanging the Golden Child, besides bringing the UFC into the babysitting business. (Reference – Dana’s  remarks about going slow on Jones. It ain’t lovemaking Babu. It’s the freakin’ U-F-C! where goombahs knock each other’s heads off or die trying.)

The company needs to realize it is  in a fast-moving ticker business and capitalizing on inspired match-ups has to be in its mission statement. When the UFC misses certain opportunities,  it sometimes  never gets the opportunity to recapture them because of the protean nature of the biz. Fighters are always coming and going, and personalities, winners and losers are always in a state of flux. (Exhibit One: Lyoto Machida vs Quinton Jackson had the shelf life of about 5 months until Rua showed up and spoiled Machida’s victory dance. Now nobody cares about Machida vs Jackson.  And the Machida-Rua re-match has all the sabor of recycled spit.) Moral of the story? You strike when the iron is hot, and right now its hotter than a Texas cattle-branding iron.  The fans are feelin’ it and it only behooves the UFC to listen to them. Anytime before Christmas of 2012 would be just fine. You readin’ this Dana? How about you Lorenzo?

Come back soon to read more about why Jon Jones would be poised to rip tentacles and arachnoidal hairs off of the  Spiderman. Well, we exaggeratin’ a bit, but ya get the drift  😉

And just to whet your appetites, Anderson may have reached the pinnacle of his physical form last night in his UFC 134 match-up with Yushin Okami. The uber-chiselled Silva who walked into that Octagon  with probably a minus 8% body fat quotient was as physically imposing a specimen as we have seen in all UFC fighters to date. Anderson really looked like a character out of an MMA fantasy movie starring Bolo Yeung & the gang. But at 36 years, can Silva hold onto his form, let alone top it against a strapplin’ young champ whose natural hormones are pumping at full bore?

We say no friggin’ way.  So in this sense time is the biggest threat against a delicately well-matched Silva/Jones fight. The more time Dana & Lorenzo wait, the less meaningful this fight will be. In the the interim, don’t bet against Jones, unless you desperately wanna be parted from your money.

The Lowdown: Anderson Silva will not take this superfight until Dana and Lorenzo give him retirement money for three lifetimes. Nothing less would be worth having his orbital crashed  with granite elbows. We at Cyberaxis know he will ask for mucho dinero because Silva’s momma didn’t raise a fool.

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Appendix:

UFC fans should forget about Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones (Brent Brookhouse, SB Nation, Bloody Elbow)

Jon Bones Jones, the new Anderson Silver, totally dominates Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC 128 to become heavyweight champ (Cyberaxis)

Hours before the biggest fight of his life, Jones subdues a robber (Steve Cofield, Yahoo Sports)

Performance Anxiety?: Anderson Silva’s recent fights convenient scapegoat for low draw (Black Lesnar, http://www.watchkalibrun.com)