4/18/2012 8:16am, #11
4/18/2012 9:07am, #12
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Jones does too many things well to lose to Evans who relies on hand speed and takedowns, but of which may be hindered by Jones' size advantage. Also, Machida gave Jones problems for a round and now that I've seen that Jones can adjust to the strangest style he's likely to see, I'm even more sure that Evans can't throw anything at him that he can't deal with.
4/18/2012 11:04am, #13
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Just saw a picture on facebook of Jones sporting a Jeet Kune Do shirt.
I am now feeling the upset.
4/18/2012 3:33pm, #14
4/18/2012 4:43pm, #15
Ah, this guy again:
His vs Machida video is still my favorite thou.
4/18/2012 11:00pm, #16
Everyone is talking about how Rashad's edge against Jones may be in the "mental game", but I wonder....in the interviews I've read, he seems pretty ticked off heading into this fight, calling Jon Jones "Judas", Greg Jackson "a backstabber", and saying that he feels like the UFC itself is trying to keep him from being champ.
Look at Donald Cerrone vs Nate Diaz or Marcus Davis vs Dan Hardy for examples of what can happen if you go into a fight without your head on straight. Is Rashad traveling down the same path?
4/18/2012 11:09pm, #17
By your description of Evans, he sounds like he suffers from a persecution complex. Giving you the benefit of the doubt for the moment, unless there's a whole lot of anger wrapped up in that perception, it doesn't seem like a winning mental strategy.Shut the hell up and train.
4/18/2012 11:40pm, #18
When I say "everyone", I mean myself and the four guys at my BJJ school who like to discuss this sort of thing, we agreed that Rashad either has an ace up his sleeve or is putting up one of the best fronts given how he keeps saying he'll break Jones's will, it's time for big brother to put a hurting on little brother, etc.
About the only edges we could give him were a "used to beat him up sparring", a la Chuck and Tito, and the fact that we've never seen Jones get in trouble and have to push through it, where Rashad has the experience of taking a whipping and coming back strong (example his title shot vs Forrest Griffin).
4/18/2012 11:46pm, #19
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Yes JNP alot of people, analysts, fans whatever you want to call them have that same thought process, That because of their training time together that Rashad may have Jons number, that because Rashad mentored Jones he knows the game plan, because he trained @ Jasksons that he knows what Jackson and Winkljohns going to tell Jones to do. I though Rashad was getting the better of the mental game until the UFC interview with Anik and the recent "the UFC doesnt want me to have the title." statement, Im starting to believe he's bringing TOO much emotion into the fight and it may gas him like it did ALA Miller. He did not look all that impressive against Phil Davis and seemed to struggle with his cardio late in the fight.
4/19/2012 12:38am, #20
One of the better cards of the year, at least on paper,
but I think a rather slow card as well given that many fighters there have reasons to play their games safe.
Jon Jones (c) vs. Rashad Evans
Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell
Miguel Torres vs. Michael McDonald
Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs
John Makdessi vs. Anthony Njokuani
Marcus Brimage vs. Maximo Blanco
Why Rashad over Jones? Precisely because everybody is betting against him.