UFC Preview: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans, Early Head to Toe Breakdown

Robert GardnerSenior Analyst IMarch 27, 2011

UFC Preview: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans, Early Head to Toe Breakdown

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    At UFC 128 Jon Jones showed the world that he has graduated from prospect to full blown phenomenon as he completely and utterly dominated former PRIDE great and UFC light-heavyweight champion, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

    Rua, who has competed and defeated some of the greatest fighters the sport has ever seen, had almost nothing to offer Jones.

    After his destruction of Rua, Jones is set to face off with Ultimate Fighter season two winner and former UFC light-heavyweight champion "Suga" Rashad Evans. 

Striking

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    If this were just about pure technical boxing, Evans would get the nod but this is MMA and Jones throws some of the wildest and most dynamic strikes this sport has ever seen.

    What Jones lacks in pure technical expertise he make up in explosiveness and creativity. There are not too many guys in the world who can effectively pull off a spinning elbow in against a fighter the caliber of Shogun Rua.

    Add to that his natural length and Jones is a much more dangerous striker than Evans could ever hope to be.

    Advantage: Jon Jones

Wrestling

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    Evans was a really good wrestler during his college day and he has transitioned his mat skill into his MMA game extremely well, but Jones is a force.

    Jones arguably has the best Greco clinch in MMA today because of his amazing leverage and his freak physical strength.

    Just look at the picture in this slide...Jones' wrestling is sick!

    Advantage: Jon Jones 

Submissions

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    Neither Jones nor Evans are known for their submission prowess, but Evans does hold a black belt in BJJ, so that has to count for something.

    Advantage: Rashad Evans

Strength

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    Simply put, Jones is one of in not the most explosively power fighter in the UFC today.

    When he decides to take a fighter to the ground, that's exactly where they are going to end up.

    He make look like a skinny kid but make no mistake, Jones is a physical force and Evans had better hit the weight room because if he is not ready for that he is going to be in a world of trouble.

    Advantage: Jon Jones

Athleticism

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    Evans is an elite athlete but sadly for him, Jones is a freak athlete.

    Jones' natural ability and physical gifts are simply unmatched at this point.

    Advantage: Jon Jones

Conditioning

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    Jones has been great thus far in his MMA career. The only knock on him at this point is the fact that he has never been pushed to the limit. While his victories in the Octagon have been dominating and impressive, we have not seem him have to dig deep and fight back from adversity.

    Evans on the other hand, as been pushed to the limit and he has had to overcome adversity in the cage. We know what to expect from him when things get tough; he will fight through.

    Advantage: Rashad Evans

Prediction

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    Having trained with Jones in the past with Greg Jackson's camp, Evans will come into this fight with at least a little inside knowledge of what to expect from his opponent. But at the end of the day, that will not make a difference.

    Jones is a bigger, faster, stronger, more explosive and more dynamic version of Evans. He is going to show the world once more that no one in the light-heavyweight division is even close.

    Expect to see Jones control every aspect of the fight just like he did with Rua.

    Prediction: Jon Jones via 2nd round TKO