UFC 135 Fight Card: Should Rampage Jackson Be Overlooked Against Jon Jones?

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2011

The sport of MMA pulls out a lot of upsets and is about as unpredictable as sports come. The underdog pulls out a victory over a bigger name and shocks the world and then becomes the next big thing in MMA until that fighter himself—or herself—is overthrown.

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson faces Jon Jones in a fight where Rampage is definitely the underdog.

It seems most of the MMA world is on the Jon Jones bandwagon with some people—not a lot but some—claiming Jones is a top three pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Some even have him above Georges St-Pierre which to me is ridiculous.

Some even have Jones overlooking this fight with Rampage to a possible fight with Anderson Silva. Facts are facts here, yes Jones has beaten everyone he has faced in a pretty bad manner. Yes he won the title over a very good fighter and is technically unbeaten in his career.

Has he defended his belt though? No.

Rampage can pull out a win here if Jones simply does what everyone else is doing—overlooking Rampage.

If Rampage can close the enormous distance in this fight and keep that hook cocked back and finally unleash it for a devastating knockout, Rampage will pull out the W.

The chances aren't good though as the distance between Rampage and Jones is a staggering 11 inches.

I'm not going to make a bold claim here and say there is no way Rampage loses. I'm not going to even say I'm picking Rampage. But Rampage does have a shot here and as a former UFC light heavyweight champion he shouldn't be overlooked.

Rampage may not have been Rampage in his last few fights, but that isn't to say he can't find himself against Jones. Rampage has that deadly one-punch knockout power that can—and might—send Jones down for his first legitimate loss of his career.

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