Pick a fight. Pick a fighter. State your case. Simple as that.
This time around, we're going head-to-head on Hamill versus Jones and I've got a long list of reasons why Jon "Bones" Jones will emerge victorious.
A few months ago, this would have been the kiss of death for the young light heavyweight, but with wins from Scott Jorgensen, Cody Donovan, and Matt Mitrione, the one-time curse factory has turned into a three-fight winning streak and Jones will push it to four.
2. Do You See That Picture?
Guys in their second UFC fight do not—I repeat—they do not pull off belly-to-back suplexes on tough veterans like Stephen Bonnar. "Bones" did it on more than one occasion en route to a Unanimous Decision win over the TUF 1 runner-up.
3. Better Competition
Matt Hamill will be making his ninth appearance inside the Octagon, while Jones steps in for the fourth time. That said, Hamill's wins come over (in order): Mark Munoz, Reese Andy, Tim Boetsch, Rex Holman (???), Seth Petruzelli, and Jesse Forbes.
On the other hand, Jones' three victims are Jake O'Brien, the aforementioned Stephan Bonnar, and Andre Gusmao.
All three of Jones' wins are tougher competition than anyone Hamill has beaten, and I mean that with all due respect to the five guys no longer employed by the UFC and Mr. Munoz.
4. Team Jackson
While Hamill works with Team Punishment, Jon Jones relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico well in advance of this fight to become a member of Team Jackson. The story is in the interview.
After beginning his career with Team Bomb Squad, "Bones" moved to the best team in the business. If you thought he was talented before, wait until you see what all that athleticism and creativity looks like with Greg Jackson in your ear for a couple months.
5. All That Athleticism and Creativity
Hamill is a straight forward fighter—literally and figuratively.
In the literal sense, he is definitely going to come right at you, continually moving forward. Figuratively speaking, there aren't a lot of wrinkles to his game; it's pretty much wrestling, ground and pound, and power shots standing up.
The exact opposite applies to Jon Jones.
He works all kinds of angles and you have absolutely no idea what is coming next. The Bonnar suplex, a spinning back elbow, strong wrestling...he's got the whole package and has admitted that he really liked choking out Jake O'Brien, so submissions come into play too.
Hamill is certainly a step up in competition for Jones over his last opponent, and presents a great wrestling base and heavy hands for "Bones" to contend with.
That said, if he dominated Stephan Bonnar, he'll dominate Matt Hamill.
My man Mr. Gardner feels otherwise; check out his explanation as to why in his counter-punch to this piece.
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