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UFC 140 Results: Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva Head to Toe Breakdown

Mark PareCorrespondent IIDecember 11, 2011

UFC 140 Results: Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva Head to Toe Breakdown

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    It is the fight that everyone keeps talking about and the question that Dana White gets at every post-fight press conference that has either Jon Jones or Anderson Silva on it.

    Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva isn't on White's radar anytime soon, but it's a fight that intrigues the minds of everyone who follows MMA.

    Jones has been on a tear since coming to the UFC and quickly climbed the ranks to become the light-heavyweight champion.

    Silva has shown similar dominance in the middleweight division, becoming champion in October 2006 and hasn't let go.

    Who would win in a fight between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world?

    Here's a breakdown of the two fighters.

Striking

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    The striking of both men are outstanding.

    Silva's precision is undaunting, holding a 67 percent accuracy rate and has faced many gifted strikers, only to make them look like amateurs.

    Jones won't be one of those guys.  Jones has a natural build meant to strike with the best in the world, just looking at his 84.5" reach is enough.  He used that reach to his advantage against Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, holding off the Brazilian on multiple occasions in the first round before finishing him off in the second round.

    Silva has a 77.5" reach, seven inches shorter than the light-heavyweight champion.

    We know Silva can strike with the best in the light-heavyweight division and be successful, as evidenced by his win over Forrest Griffin.

    Jones is a different beast.  His striking accuracy is at 52 percent, but it is his reach that could keep "The Spider" at bay, thus the advantage goes to the light-heavyweight champion.

    Advantage: Jon Jones

Grappling

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    Silva hasn't gone to the ground much but when he does, he is a force.  He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and has submitted the likes of Chael Sonnen, Travis Lutter and Dan Henderson.

    Jones' recent submission victory was quite impressive and it showed that he can come back from a horrible round.

    Silva's performance against Sonnen showed that he can take a beating for 20 minutes and slap in a submission when he sees an opening.

    Silva is an opportunistic fighter who waits patiently for his opponent to make a mistake and go for the win.  On the ground, Silva may not utilize it much but he still holds the advantage.

    Advantage: Anderson Silva

Experience

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    If there is any question on this slide, you may need to rethink the way you see MMA.

    Anderson Silva has been competing against top level guys since before Jon Jones even started training in MMA.

    Jones is only 24 years old and has a bright future ahead of him.  He had a great 2011, climbing to the top of the sport faster than anyone in history.

    In the same time span, Silva has been putting his stamp as the best fighter in the history of MMA, and for all the wars he's been through, he definitely has the experience over the much younger Jones.

    Advantage: Anderson Silva

Big Fight Experience

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    Again, in the big picture, Silva owns Jones in terms of experience.

    Silva has more main event bouts under his belt than Jones has fights in MMA.  It's a no brainer that Silva will take the big fight edge with him into a bout with Jones.

    Jones, recently has had a lot of high profile bouts and he has been known for taking fights on short notice so his fighting spirit doesn't quit.

    That is a non-issue right now as we are talking about big fight experience, and although in 2011 Jones has had more big wins than Silva, it is "The Spider" who holds the edge.

    Advantage: Anderson Silva

Overall

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    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

    What do you think?

     

    Mark Pare is a UFC Featured Columnist. You can follow him on  Twitter and don't forget to check out his sportswriter page.

    Be sure to stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all things UFC 140. B/R is your home for complete coverage of the December 10 fight card, including results and post-fight analysis.

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