UFC 135: UFC BW Champion Dominick Cruz Weighs in on Jon Jones vs Rampage Jackson

Todd JacksonSenior Analyst ISeptember 23, 2011

LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 15:  UFC fighter Dominick Cruz arrives at UFC, Famous Stars and Straps and New Era's 'The Magic Party' at XS the nightclub on February 15, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
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A veteran like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson challenging a young lion like Jonny “Bones” Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title might seem like a long shot to some people.  Others see Jackson as a maestro looking to hand down a hard-taught lesson to the rising star. 

Then again, this is mixed martial arts, where the unexpected can and often will take place. After all, the UFC LHW division is by far the most competitive across the sport, save for maybe the lightweight division.

So when it really comes down to it, opinions are like, well, you get the picture.

Opinions are a dime a dozen, each analysis is as good as the bias of the individual giving it.  I have said it before and will say it again, the odds are only as good as the luck of the individual playing them. 

But there are those out there who carry a greater scope of knowledge and understanding of exactly what it takes to first challenge for and then retain a world title.

That, fight fans, is what would be considered an expert opinion.  And if anyone is an expert on the game of MMA, UFC World Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz is indeed of that cut. 

His expertise is not simply in the gym or inside the Octagon, as he is no stranger to both pre and post-fight analysis with the likes of Ariel Helwani,

Dom Cruz spoke with Todd Jackson of "The Truth Hurts" radio show on Hurtsbad.com about his take on the title tilt this Saturday night between the champ “Bones” and the challenger “Rampage.” Showing great respect for both athletes, the Champ gave his expert opinion and analysis of how he sees this fight playing out at UFC 135.

Here is what “The Dominator” had to say: “This weekend, I see Jon Jones being able to kind of pick apart Rampage to be honest.  I like Rampage in that fight, and I would like for him to do well in that fight.”

The Champ went on to explain, “But Jones is very very focused, and like I have said about myself before, range is a huge weapon.  He is very good at controlling the range.  He is so long, and such a long and lanky fighter, and he knows how to use that.”

Cruz added, “Rampage doesn't always push the pace as much as I think he could, so I see Jones being able to keep the fight on the outside pretty well and picking him apart until he lands some big shot. I'm looking at a lot, with the knees up the middle being a big problem for Rampage.”

His final prediction: “I see Jones winding up stopping him within about four I would say.”

And that, fight fans, is expert analysis from one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport today, the first ever and current UFC Bantamweight Champ. This is one of the most dynamic and cerebral fighters in the sport today, so when the man talks MMA, more often than not you can take it straight to the bank. 

Good luck to both Jonny Jones and “Rampage” Jackson as they hook 'em up and go to war, and special thanks to the Champ Dom Cruz for weighing in on this title fight at UFC 135. 

No matter which way it goes, one prediction is most certainly going to come to fruition: there will be pain.