In a couple weeks Light Heavy Weight champion and super athletic MMA prodigy Jon "Bones" Jones will put his title on the line against former friend and teammate "Suga" Rashad Evans. While their current rivalry makes for an interesting story line, taking a further look into these fighters yields slightly more interesting results. The truth is, Rashad doesnt have many options in this fight. His path to victory is rather narrow. Jon Jones is younger, more athletic and better in almost every area. The only place Evans has an advantage is in boxing and luckily for him, this is also Jon Jones biggest liability. Lyoto Machida had some success using movement and aggression to confuse Jones during the first round of their fight, it was the only time I can remember Jon Jones looking vulnerable. Lyotos mistake was getting confortable and believing he could play the counter striking game against the lankier and at the time better conditioned Jon Jones. I believe Lyoto could have had much more success with more movement and more aggressive striking.
That’s Rashads only path to victory.
I know this is easier said than done. Bones is so unpredictable that it forces you into waiting to see what hes going to do instead of trying to beat him . He’s amazing at forcing you to play his game. Most fighters don’t posses the wrestling needed to stay off their backs against Jones AND the striking needed to exploit his weaknesses. I truly believe Rashad Evans is the only Light Heavy Weight in the UFC that comes close to possessing these skills. For this fight Rashad will need to be on his A game, both mentally and physically. He’s a notoriously slow starter, he cant afford that this time though. He’ll need to utilize constant unrelenting pressure from the opening bell. He cant afford to give Jones an inch of air. He’ll also need to have to do something he’s never done in his career; Take a chance. He’ll have to stay in Jones face and believe in his power. Can he do this? I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but I haven’t I haven’t been this excited about a main event in months. Jon Jones isn’t omnipotent, he can be beat and Rashad Evans has the best chance to make that happen.
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