UFC 135 Fight Card: Is Rampage Jackson a Realistic Threat to Jon Jones?

Robert GardnerSenior Analyst IAugust 15, 2011

Aggressive, tough and extremely powerful former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has long been a force in the world of MMA, but at UFC 135 Jackson will face the toughest test of his career when he challenges Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.

While Jackson has faced a who's who of MMA elite over the course of his illustrious career Jackson must bring his "A" game to the cage because he has never faced a fighter the likes of Jones. Jones may still be young and inexperienced but he is also a complete wrecking machine when that cage door closes.

Aside from his freakish natural physical gifts, Jones' work under the Yoda of MMA, Greg Jackson, has this young phenom evolving his fight game at near light speed.

Everyone is well aware that no one in MMA is invincible, but after watching how Jones dismantled fellow top prospect Ryan Bader then utterly annihilating then-champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua a mere five weeks later, Jones is as close to invincible as anyone in the sport today.

That brings me to my original question: Is Rampage Jackson a realistic threat to Jon Jones?

Jones has a lot of hype surrounding him and rightfully so, but when you take on Rampage Jackson you had better respect his ability and see him as a threat because he still is one of the most dangerous fighters in the sport today. Jackson may be approaching the final stages of his career but his weapons are still sharp.

Now, I'm not going to go as far as picking Jackson to upset Jones for the title but I am aware that Jackson is still every bit as dangerous as he was when he was fighting under the PRIDE banner.

With his natural physical strength, vastly underrated wrestling and always improving technical boxing, Jackson could have just the right skill set to take Jones out of his comfort zone.