Belfort is outmatched and Jones will show it in dynamic fashion.
In the wrestling department, Jones has a significant advantage. The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion will be able to dictate where this fight takes place. That is a big advantage. Belfort has worked on his wrestling abilities over the years, but it does not come close to Jones' abilities.
The former junior-college wrestler has been able to out-wrestle everyone he has faced to date. And that includes the likes of Matt Hamill and former All-American Ryan Bader. Belfort is no match for Jones in this department.
If he does hit the mat, Jones also has the advantage there. His ground and pound is brutal. His long limbs allow him to generate more power in tighter spaces. He has showcased his brutal ground-striking ability against most of his opponents, but none more impressive than breaking Brandon Vera's orbital bone with a nasty elbow.
His length has also helped his submission attacks. He submitted Bader, Jake O'Brien and Lyoto Machida inside the Octagon. He put Machida to sleep in his second title defense and dropped him like sack of potatoes.
Defensively, it has also helped. Against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, he was able to use his length to keep Shogun from diving under and grabbing a leg. He avoided a potential leg lock and being swept. His control from on top is extraordinary. Belfort does not have the jiu-jitsu to threaten the champion.
Where Belfort could pull off an upset is on the feet. No one will deny his explosive power. However, against Jones it will be dealt with expertly.
The champion utilizes his reach better than any fighter in the world. It also allows him to be creative with his striking. With Greg Jackson in his corner, he has developed into one of the best strategic fighters as well.
Belfort has to get inside Jones' reach in order to land his powerful punches. Jackson and Jones know that and will keep him on the outside and render him useless.
At every turn Jones will make Belfort look as if he does not belong inside the cage with him. It is not that Belfort is not a good fighter, but a testament to how good Jones truly is. He is the greatest 205-pound fighter in mixed martial arts history. And he is only 25 years old.
Jones will decimate the challenger.
He will chose where the fight takes place, how he wants to brutalize Belfort and when he wants to finish the fight. He can choose to be methodical and draw out the pain and suffering inflicted on Belfort, or end the title fight in the first five minutes.
Jones is a special talent. He will continue to show his dominance and begin to make a case for being the new pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet. Belfort has nothing to offer the champion, and it will be a miserable experience inside the cage for him.
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