Lyoto Machida looks to get his belt back tonight against Jon Jones at UFC 140. Machida has been talked about as Jones' toughest possible opponent along with Rashad Evans, and he can prove it all in Toronto.
Machida's unorthodox karate striking gives you the feeling that he's untouchable. Jones, though, has a method of his own and it doesn't come from his skill but from the length of his arms.
Jones is a very creative striker and his reach is always a definite factor in every fight. Jones utilizes every type of strike. Whether it's elbows, kicks, knees or punches, Jones' arsenal is full of surprises.
Striking-wise I feel like I have to give the edge to Jones. There is just too much to worry about and Jones will try and get Machida in the clinch, seeing as he may have a tough time from the outside.
On the ground it's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu versus wrestling. Jones is a very good wrestler and has shown in his last three fights just how good he is. Machida, of course, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and if he can get the fight to the ground, Machida can pose all sorts of trouble from the top position.
There is one major factor here and it could be Machida's prior sumo wrestling training. That alone can help Machida keep the fight standing.
These two light heavyweights are tough puzzles to crack. Machida originally was thought to be unbeatable with his style of karate and ability in the striking department. Now it is Jones, who with his mixture of wrestling and creative striking has risen to the top of the light heavyweight division and is thought to be unbeatable.
First the "Machida Era," then the "Shogun Era" and tonight the "Jones Era" will continue.
Jones by fourth or fifth round TKO
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