Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida: Head-to-Toe Breakdown

Cody Guinn@@CKissGuinnContributor IIIAugust 5, 2012

Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida: Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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    Last night at UFC on Fox 4, Lyoto Machida knew if he won impressively, he would be the next in line to receive a Light Heavyweight Championship shot. With that said, Machida delivered.

    "The Dragon" knocked out Ryan Bader early in the second round and will now face the winner of Jon Jones and Dan Henderson sometime likely later this year.

    Machida faced Jon Jones for the title back in December and was choked unconscious at the end of the second round.

    It wasn't all bad for Machida though, as many figured he won the first round against Jones, becoming the first man to do so.

    While I'm definitely not looking past the H-Bomb and Henderson, I went ahead and took a closer look at the potential rematch between Jones and Machida. Here is the head-to-toe breakdown of Jones-Machida II.

Striking

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    Jon Jones is unpredictable with his strikes. He throws nice jabs and leg kicks and then, can catch you with a spinning back elbow or a side kick to the body. This, along with the fact he has the longest reach in UFC history, makes his strikes very dangerous.

    But, when it comes to pure striking ability, besides Anderson Silva, nobody is better than Lyoto Machida.

    His karate style of MMA makes him even more unpredictable than Jones and once again besides Silva, Machida is possibly the best counter-striker in the UFC.

    Advantage: Lyoto Machida

Wrestling

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    Jon Jones has a very good wrestling base and uses his wrestling very well. 

    While during his title run, we've seen more of the striking ability than the wrestling ability, we know it's there and each of his opponents must be aware that he does have an impressive arsenal of slams, throws and trips in his bag of tricks.

    I'm very interested in seeing how Jones uses his wrestling against Henderson in September, but no matter, Jones will hold the advantage over Machida.

    Advantage: Jon Jones

Grappling

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    Entering the first fight between Jones and Machida, many believed that Machida may hold the grappling advantage due to his time with Anderson Silva and being a BJJ Black Belt under Walter Broca. However, following the fight, it was clear that didn't matter.

    Jones was able to use his strength and reach advantage to lock in one of the nastiest standing guillotine chokes I've ever seen that nearly had Machida picked up off the ground.

    Machida may have the better pure BJJ, but when it comes to all around grappling, Jones is the better man.

    Advantage: Jon Jones

Strength and Conditioning

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    Both men will enter the fight in the best physical condition they can be and conditioning will likely not be an issue for either man.

    Machida has recently been linked to possibly dropping to 185 since weighing in at only 201 at the weigh-in for UFC on Fox 4.

    Jones, on the other hand, has been rumored to be interested in possibly fighting at heavyweight one day when he feels he's done all he can at 205.

    Advantage: Jon Jones

Experience

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    Jon Jones shot up the ranks from top prospect to champion faster then anyone else in MMA history, and since becoming Champion, he's fought the best the UFC's light heavyweight division has had to offer.

    Machida has also faced the who's who of top light heavyweights in the UFC, so it's hard to give one man an advantage over the other.

    I'll give the slight nod to Machida, due to the fact he's fought all over the world and has even fought at open-weight.

    Advantage: Lyoto Machida

Prediction

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    Machida looked impressive in the first round of his bout with Jones, but I believe Jones was able to sort of time and figure out what Machida was trying to do and that led to Jones simply dominating Machida in the second and finishing him at the end of the round.

    If Machida wants to knock off Jones, he'll have to figure out a way to get inside the ridiculous reach and use his karate to offset Jones unorthodox style.

    At the end of the day, there are just too many factors for Machida to overcome and though I don't see Machida being choked unconscious again, I see the ultimate outcome remaining the same.

    Prediction: Jon Jones defeats Lyoto Machida by TKO around the four minute mark in the 3rd round.