Last night at UFC 135 Jon “Bones” Jones showed the world why he might go down as the greatest light heavyweight to ever fight in the UFC. His performance was nearly perfect.
At only 24 years of age, Jones will continue to grow by leaps and bounds as a fighter and as a person. One of his biggest assets is his ability to create a game plan and stick to it during the fight.
Jones’ next opponent is “Suga” Rashad Evans. Evans only has one loss on his record to Lyoto Machida, but he’ll soon have another after he faces off against Jones.
Following are the five reasons Jones will beat Evans.
Quinton Jackson was the first man to stop Jones’ takedowns. Jackson has much better takedown defense than Evans does.
Evans might even try to bring Jones to the ground, but it will be a mistake, and he'll probably be stuffed on the takedown attempt.
Despite being a great wrestler, Evans will succumb to Jones’ control and striking if the fight goes to the ground.
Jones has quite a large reach advantage over every fighter in the light heavyweight division. There are so many ways he can use this to his advantage from striking, to disrupting his opponent's head movement and counter striking.
Evans has very good striking, but getting inside Jones’ reach to connect with a solid hit is nearly impossible.
Many people had been questioning Jones’ chin, but he proved it was solid during his fight with Rampage. Evans will have a tough time landing anything significant.
In his fight with Jackson, Jones was able to sit outside of Jackson’s reach and pick him apart with some great striking. Not to mention smart.
There has yet to be a fight where Jones hasn’t showcased his ludicrous elbows. He cut Rampage pretty good with one, used them to dominate “Shogun” and busted up Vera's face with them.
Jones would use use great striking to pick Evans apart and his elbows to destroy Evans if the fight went to the mat or against the cage.
In his lone loss to Lyoto Machida, Evans was rattled by the unpredictable striking of "The Dragon." Jones’ stand up is superior to Machida’s and far more unpredictable.
Combined with his enormous reach advantage, Jones will use his extremely creative striking style to come at Evans from angles he doesn’t expect and land some serious blows.
Perhaps Jones’ biggest tool in every one of his fights has been his ability to create a game plan and stick to it.
Being former training partners, each fighter has insight into how the other works. While both fighters will create very in-depth game plans, Jones will execute his much better, throwing Evans off of his own.
Once Evans is off his game plan, Jones will move in for the kill and finish the fight with ease, retaining his championship belt.