Jackson had trouble throughout the fight with Jones' reach and the champion utilized a variety of kicks to keep "Rampage" guessing.
The former champion displayed far better takedown defense than Jones' previous foe's, but he couldn't prevent a takedown in the fourth round, which turned out to be the most important one of the fight.
Jones moved from side control to full mount and landed an elbow that cut Jackson's right eye. In an attempt to escape the position, "Rampage" left himself open and Jones transitioned to back mount where he locked on the fight ending submission.
"Rampage" spent his entire training camp at the MusclePharm Sports Science center in Denver and he appeared to be in the best shape of his professional career.
It's certainly not the end of the road for Jackson and if he continues on with the team he currently has, the MMA world is in for some exciting fights from the legend.
A rematch with Forrest Griffin would be an excellent next fight for Jackson and considering he's made his desire known to once again face Griffin, it may be in the plans for UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.
At 24 years of age, the skies the limit for Jones and after his dominant performance against one of the best fighters in the division, the sport is witnessing the growth of a truly dangerous fighter.
With the victory, Jones, who's widely regarded as being the leader of the next generation of fighters will now face a highly motivated Rashad Evans in his next defense.
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