Just a few minutes removed from being handed his first loss by stoppage in the UFC, former light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has already made a bold prediction about the man who defeated him.
"I don't see anyone who can beat Jon Jones," Jackson proclaimed at the UFC 135 post-fight press conference.
Jones came out to start the fight doing something that looked along the lines of a bear crawl drill. When asked during the press conference about what he thought Jones was doing, Rampage Jackson replied, "I thought he was trying to suck my toes."
But after that awkward start to the fight, Jones went on to dominate Rampage in a way that has not been seen since Rampage's days in Pride.
Jones used his incredible reach advantage to nullify all of Rampage's stand-up. Whenever Rampage did get within striking distance, Jones was able to use his footwork and head movement to avoid taking any damage from his opponent.
As the fight wore on, Rampage visibly became more desperate to land the one shot that he hoped would turn the fight around. He swung wildly, but caught nothing but the air around Jones' head, and the cage on one occasion.
Then in the fourth round, Jones got a frustrated Rampage on the ground. From there, Rampage gave up his back, and Jones secured the fight-ending rear naked choke.
Up next for Jones is former champion and former teammate Rashad Evans. After seeing what Jones has been able to do against every fighter the UFC has put in front of him, does Evans have a realistic chance at beating Jones?
Or to pose an even better question, is there anyone in the light heavyweight division that can pose a threat to Jones?
Only time will tell.
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