Out of all aspects covered in this analysis, striking might be the most intriguing aspect in this bout from a stylistic standpoint.
Both fighters are very athletically gifted and are standouts in their respective divisions.
Jon Jones has been on a tear in the light-heavyweight division, looking like an experienced competitor inside the Octagon.
One of the most interesting things about Jones is his incredible 84.5 inch reach, the longest in UFC history. His reach advantage provides a lot of difficulty for his opponents and puts them at a disadvantage because it is hard to adjust to, let alone attempt to find their range against him.
It also gives him much more distance and leverage in a fight, allowing him to dictate the pace of the bout and strike from different angles and a further distance. He is quite versatile and unorthodox with his strikes, constantly keeping his opponents guessing his every move on the feet.
Aside from being unpredictable on the feet, Jones is an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler. Keep in mind, Jones is only 23 years old.
While Jones has accomplished so much in his young career thus far, Anderson Silva is a hard task for any opponent to deal with. The Brazilian is the best striker in MMA today and has competed against some of the UFC's best strikers, including Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin.
As experienced as Jones has looked against veteran fighters at his age, Silva has made veteran fighters look amateur against him. Silva is unpredictable, as well as a creative striker, using a combination of elbows, kicks and knees.
As flashy as he is standing up, Silva is an intelligent fighter too. He tends to feel out his opponents in the opening minutes of a bout, measuring the distance, finding his range and figuring out their timing. From there, Silva presses forward and unleashes a flurry of strikes and combinations, overwhelming his opponents and finishing them.
As unpredictable as Jones appears to be, Silva is a experienced and a deadly counter-striker, who throws his strikes with accuracy and precision. And while he might not look like the most physically imposing fighter, Silva possesses knockout power in both his hands and feet.
Jones' reach might cause problems but Silva's strike defense is one of the best in the MMA, and he utilizes excellent head movement.