UFC 135 Fight Card: 5 Reasons Why Jon Jones Will Remain Champion
This Saturday night, one of the more anticipated UFC fight cards will be under way.
The main event of UFC 135 is the light heavyweight title fight of Jon "Bones" Jones vs. challenger Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Jones versus Jackson is a bout that intrigues fight fans for a couple of reasons.
Rampage is trying to return to the Rampage of the late 2000's, while Jones has emerged as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
This is a true match of old blood versus new blood, and I think the "new breed" of fighter, Jon Jones, will be able to handle the older Rampage Jackson.
5. Jones Is Younger
I realize that Rampage is not an old man who can barely walk, but he is 33 years old and is not getting any younger.
Rampage has fought in 40 mixed martial arts fights in which he has a record of 32 wins and only eight losses. Out of these eight losses, he has been on the receiving end of three brutal knockouts.
Compare this to the 24-year-old Jones who has fought in only 14 matches, winning 13 of them and being disqualified once. Jones has taken minimal punishment in the ring.
Jackson may have the experience, but will he be able to hold up for much longer?
4. Jones Is More Explosive
Rampage Jackson was, at one point, arguably the most explosive fighter in the world.
Now, Jones may take the cake in that category. He has shown, time after time, that he has the ability to pull off some of the most explosive moves that fight fans have ever seen.
Just check out this video of his spinning elbow.
3. Jones Has a Longer Reach
Jon Jones has an incredible 84.5-inch reach, compared to Rampage Jackson's 73-inch reach.
The reach statistic is considered to be one of the more overrated statistics when comparing fighters, but considering the fact that Jones knows how to take advantage of his opponents with his long reach, I see it being a big factor in this light heavyweight title fight.
His reach is so freakish that ESPN's SportsScience decided to do a special on him. Just look at the video above.
2. Jones Is a Better Wrestler
No disrespect to the great wrestling abilities of Rampage Jackson, but Jon Jones may have the edge on him in this category. Jones was an amateur wrestling champion during his days at Iowa Central Community College.
This may not mean much to some people, but he can flat out wrestle and was bred to wrestle.
Just look at what top contender Rashad Evans told mmainterviews.tv about this fight, "...using his [Jon Jones'] ability to take Rampage down to try to impose some of his will."
Even Evans thinks that Jones will be able to outwrestle Rampage.
1. Jones Is Simply Better
Currently, Jon Jones is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC.
In addition, he does not have a legitimate loss to his name and is the current light heavyweight champion.
He is simply going to be the better fighter heading into the octagon Saturday night.
If this fight was a couple of years ago, Rampage would win without a doubt, but times have changed, and Jon Jones is the new top dog in the light heavyweight division.