UFC 135 Jon Jones vs Rampage Jackson: Will the Fight Live up to the Hype?

Andrew BarrCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2011

Jon "Bones" Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson are going to square off in just a few hours, and I think it's safe to say that we're all feeling the anticipation at this point.

How could you not be excited for this fight?

Jones is arguably the most dynamic fighter in mixed martial arts and is always exciting to watch.

Rampage always goes for the knockout.

The two men have had many heated arguments leading up to the fight, and both can't wait to get in there and shut the other guy up.

This fight has all the makings to be one of the most exciting barn burners in UFC history.

Or does it?

It's not uncommon in MMA for a fight to fail to live up to the hype surrounding it.

In fact, big fights not living up to their hype is a fear almost always present in the mind of UFC President Dana White.

So, will Jones vs. Rampage live up to the hype? Or will it be a flop?

It depends on what you're hoping to see.

Anyone expecting this to be a competitive, back and forth fight for the ages is almost assuredly going to be disappointed.


Stylistically, Jones is a nightmare for Rampage, and if Jones comes in with the right game plan, this will be an almost assuredly one-sided affair.

Rampage has solid takedown defense, but not good enough to contend with a high-level grappler like Jones.

If Jones wants to take this fight to the ground, he'll be able to do it, and, once it gets there, that will be all she wrote.

Rampage is one of the best in the world, but when it comes to fighting off his back, he almost seems like a novice.

Anything can happen in MMA, but the most logical conclusion to this fight is that Jones takes it to the ground and brutally batters Rampage until he gets the TKO stoppage.

If you're hoping to see a totally one-sided, dominant performance from Jon Jones, then this fight should be right up your alley.

If you're hoping for anything else, prepare yourself for disappointment.

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