Despite the last three slides, Jon Jones has an overall advantage. He has youth, natural ability, unorthodox talent that Silva has never seen before and no offense to Rich Franklin, but Chael Sonnen put it best when it came to Silva's winning streak, saying that he beat a math teacher for the belt, and in a year, faced the same math teacher to retain it.
Stylistically, this fight is unpredictable, as Silva is the patient type, waiting for his opening, and Jones is the type that can land a few before Silva can even get within reach.
Jones will have to push the pace and keep Silva at bay in this fight, and showing maturity and patience will go a long way to getting a win, possibly the biggest win of his career, which I believe that if given the chance, he can and will accomplish, probably by decision.
Predicted Winner: Jon Jones
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