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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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Cain Velasquez Has A Puncher’s Chance Of Winning UFC 121 against Brock Lesnar


With just over an hour before the punch-up between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin in UFC 121, we have made an alternative reassessment of  Cain’s chances on an inspired whim fired by a sense of presentiment.  From a head stand-point it feels like a  long shot but it is very possible: Cain has a puncher’s chance of winning this fight. It would be all in the timing; a stunner of a blow (don’t taze me bro!) followed by well placed blows in the clinch or the ground for the finishing coup de grace.

It’s a long shot, but its possible – just like Mir’s leg lock against Lesnar was possible in UFC 81.

Cain Velasquez - Gladiador Mejor - El Matador

Gladiador Mejor - El Matador - Cain Velasquez. Could UFC 121 turn into a UFC 81 redux?

A David vs Goliath Match-up: Cain Velasquez is entering  UFC 121 with more weight on his shoulders than he should  rightfully be bearing: what he describes as  the hope of millions of Latino fans for a  Mexican heavyweight champion.  Brock Lesnar, the self-acclaimed “meanest son of a bitch”  stands alone against his doubters.  That weight – the weight on Cain Velasquez’s shoulders can make or break fighter. Tonight is gonna show us what it will do to Cain vs a man  who thinks he has a thing or two to prove a world he has already flipped off. Continue reading

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

Open Challenge To Brock Lesnar: Stand up and deliver at UFC 116 and begin to earn the respect of MMA


There, we said it. No hemming or hawing. No ambiguity. Lesnar may be king of the hill of the UFC  heavyweight division but he is  far from being king of Mixed Martial Arts – and by that we are talking the Randy Coutures or Fedor Emelianenkos of the world.  Why? Well because he still needs to prove that he is more than a ground-and-pound hog who beyond collegiate wrestling relies too much on his size, weight and strength to smother his opponents and  then pummel them into a bloody stain.   One good Wanderlei-Silva-style-slugfest with knees and kicks thrown in for good measure would do it – with doin’ it having to do with  equalizing this slop-sided equation; i.e. winning by sheer preponderance of size.

Brock Lesnar - Stand And Deliver

Will Brock Lesnar stand up and deliver at UFC 116 or will he revert to the tried and true; the old ground and pound? We would love for him to surprise us, but we are not holding our breath. Reason? We doubt that Lesnar can take a punch.

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UFC 114: Rashad Evans wrangles a win over Rampage Jackson in a snoozer of a fight (Fight Video)


Here is a truism: the UFC depends on our addiction to cheap thrills to cash in on fights like the one they sold off as a headliner between Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans last night.  How bad was it? Well you head the  boos from fans not to mention a fight that, more often than not,  looked like a boxing match  instead of  an all-out mixed martial arts contest. Google Quinton Rampage Jackson vs Rashad Evans UFC 114 video.

So what went wrong? Well, nothing really. Things played out the way we expected. We had seen this coming a mile and called it right here. We had even suggested that the whole thing be put on  for free as a token of fan appreciation.  The fan who yelled “I want my money back!” at the end of the fight would certainly have appreciated it.

There  just was nothing in Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson or their styles to make this an interesting fight at all. And win or lose none of them would have been in a position to challenge Shogun for the light heavyweight title as rumored. Not Rampage and certainly not Rashad.

Rashad Evans Wins UFC 114

Rashad Evans wins UFC 114 – but is he ready for Shogun prime time? Probably not.

As things turned out, the more motivated pugilist, Rashad Evans, won – and in the process proved that he had developed a lot as a person and a fighter.  The knockdown and near knockout at the beginning of the 3rd found proved that Rashad had a tough chin inspite of the way he was knocked out cold in the  Machida fight. The fight also proved that Rampage  Jackson was in the audience watching this fight from the outside instead of the octagon where he belonged – and only he can tell us why that was.

The year-long lay-off (the so-called “rust” defense), the cutting of weight from a doughy 250lbs to 205lbs, the resignation from UFC and the B.A. Baracus brouhaha aside, there was a little tell-tale detail about mind-set before the fight. Weeks before the UFC 114, Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson gave  interviews about their impending fight. Rashad Evans was within his body: centered. Rampage Jackson appeared out of sorts – suspended somewhere between his physical head and a faraway place only he knew about.   If you were looking for a reason why Rampage was gonna lose his fight last night, this  was one of them.

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Appendices:

Link to all other UFC 114 fight videos (MMAShare.Com at MMABettingBlog)

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)

Lesnar vs Carwin Size Matters: The Other UFC 116 Story


Files this one under “mass and the conceit of mass” because it is gonna play a role come UFC 116. Put simply, Carwin is big, but Lesnar is bigger. No disrobing needed. The Lesnar-Carwin face-off in the octagon following UFC 111 proved that.

The long and the short of it? Lesnar has the mass, and conceit of mass on top of what his “mamaw” gave him – namely robust genes and strength to the ol’ farmhouse born. We will explicate. Mass does not necessarily equate with power. Frank Mir’s home gym experiment proves that, and so does Fedor Emelianenko’s freakshow fights.  No?

Be that as it may,  mass over a substrate of power, naturally born,  is an aspect most animals, including those runnin’ around half naked  in the octagon, have a problem dealing with.  Anecdote: In the staged face-off between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin at the end of UFC 111,  Carwin was looking up and Lesnar down. (The camera was exaggerating the differences a bit, but there is really a 1 inch differetial in their heights – Lesnar being the slightly taller. See the comparative pic here.)

Shane Carwin is  a 6’2″ cyborg who walks around at 275lbs to 280lbs and cuts weight to fight at 265lbs.  Lesnar walks around at about 300lbs and gravitates back towards that weight after the 265lbs weigh-in for a fight. So off the top you have a 20lb walk-around weight differential coupled with a visible size differential which analysts have attributed to a mass distribution anomaly.  Carwin is a solid chunk of a man to Lesnar’s Chicken Little lower body topped off by an Incredible Hulk upper body. (Cyberaxis)

Carwin vs Lesnar - Size matters

Carwin vs Lesnar Size Matters - The photos are not scaled side-by-side comparisons, but you get the general idea, especially proportion-wise.

Add this to all the factors enumerated here, ( 10 Reasons Brock Lesnar will beat Shane Carwin at UFC 106) and you have the makings of an outcome that has Lesnar written all over it. Remember what you heard and where you heard it.

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