ufc 145 coming up...jones vs rashad predictions ??

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aussiemma
4/10/12 8:01:03AM
seems like ages since the last ufc card ! now that jds and overeem isnt happening anymore jones vs rashad cant come quick enough.
i like the fact that rashad isnt intimidated and it really seems like he has the mental edge going into this fight...that being said... jones has shown how cool and adaptive he can be in the cage. i think its fair to say jones was a little intimidated when he fought rampage and also if you watch the first round of the machida fight, jones seemed very tentative and machida landed a couple of really good shots that we have never seen jones take before. jon jones seems to change to a higher gear in both of these fights and completely turn it around and finish relatively easy.
rashad is a great fighter and former champ but you cant deny when jones enters that cage you can just feel that we are going to witness something cool and special that we have not seen before.

i predict jones will keep rashad at bay with his massive reach and really frustrate him..i cant see rashad doing anything else but trying his best to get on the inside and land on him which is soooo difficult to do. jones by tko in the 3rd

TeamDEY
4/10/12 10:52:14AM
Rashad or Jones could both end the fight with one punch. But I am going to go with Rashad on this one. I think Rashad has better wrestling and his standup is getting pretty good. As long as Rashad can deal with Jones' reach, I have Rashad winning by decision.
sparky
4/10/12 11:45:04AM
Jones will finish Rashad

Chael_Sonnen
4/10/12 12:59:54PM
Jones is so far into Rashad's head it's ridiculous.......
ShOgUnWANDerlei
4/10/12 1:43:08PM

Posted by TeamDEY

Rashad or Jones could both end the fight with one punch. But I am going to go with Rashad on this one. I think Rashad has better wrestling and his standup is getting pretty good. As long as Rashad can deal with Jones' reach, I have Rashad winning by decision.



When has Jones ever ko'd someone with 1 punch? Evans has better boxing and wrestling but like always Jones has the reach advantage by a foot so he's likely to pick Evans apart. Jones most likely wins but I'm cheering for Evans.
ShOgUnWANDerlei
4/10/12 1:44:34PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Jones is so far into Rashad's head it's ridiculous.......



Examples? Seems the other way around to me.
tcunningham
4/10/12 6:25:06PM
jones will either finish rashad or get the UD. rashad thinks he has an edge because of training and experience but he has had some very lackluster performances as of late and i think jones is just the better fighter
Adrenaline
4/11/12 1:09:42AM
Head says Jones, heart says Rashad. Its going to be incredibly hard for Rashad to deal with the length of Jones but Rashad has excellent speed and agility so he might be able to make something happen. Most likely Jones keeps him at bay with his reach and picks him apart enroute to a UD maybe late finish. Part of me wonders what will happen if Rashad can crack Jones or take him down and control him. I think that would royally screw with JJ's head if Rashad can get a dominate position, especially if he throws in some of his trademark showboating while doing it.

I will be rooting for Rashad ( Haley's comet occurs more often) but he will need his A game to pull this off. I'm not doubting him but the odds are against him.
prozacnation1978
4/11/12 6:29:42PM
I fly out in a week to Atlanta.
I am going with Jones by what ever he wants
Should be epic
warglory
4/11/12 6:53:14PM

Posted by tcunningham

jones will either finish rashad or get the UD. rashad thinks he has an edge because of training and experience but he has had some very lackluster performances as of late and i think jones is just the better fighter



Evans has had lackluster performances? He brutalized Tito, and made the former title contender Phil Davis look like an amateur.
warglory
4/11/12 6:58:37PM
I think if Rashad doesn't suffer from a flash KO (which is a definite possibility with Jones), he easily takes this. Jones is am amazing athlete, but so far, that's all he has demonstrated. People keep forgetting that Jones nearly crumbled against Machida in that first round, and only came back to win after using his gifts to catch Machida and finish the job, but that really wasn't necessarily a strategic maneuver.

I won't be surprised if Jones takes this in the least, but if it goes the distance, I would bet the bank that Rashad comes out the victor, easily. A calculating fighter is Jon Jones' worst nightmare.

aussiemma
4/11/12 7:43:43PM

Posted by warglory

I think if Rashad doesn't suffer from a flash KO (which is a definite possibility with Jones), he easily takes this. Jones is am amazing athlete, but so far, that's all he has demonstrated. People keep forgetting that Jones nearly crumbled against Machida in that first round, and only came back to win after using his gifts to catch Machida and finish the job, but that really wasn't necessarily a strategic maneuver.

I won't be surprised if Jones takes this in the least, but if it goes the distance, I would bet the bank that Rashad comes out the victor, easily. A calculating fighter is Jon Jones' worst nightmare.




ok well if you want to compare them fighting against other people....rashad completely crumbled against machida wheras jones had a little trouble in the first, then came out and dropped him and then put him to sleep with ease.
i really dont understand how rashad ''easily'' takes this fight ?
warglory
4/12/12 7:46:38AM

Posted by aussiemma


Posted by warglory

I think if Rashad doesn't suffer from a flash KO (which is a definite possibility with Jones), he easily takes this. Jones is am amazing athlete, but so far, that's all he has demonstrated. People keep forgetting that Jones nearly crumbled against Machida in that first round, and only came back to win after using his gifts to catch Machida and finish the job, but that really wasn't necessarily a strategic maneuver.

I won't be surprised if Jones takes this in the least, but if it goes the distance, I would bet the bank that Rashad comes out the victor, easily. A calculating fighter is Jon Jones' worst nightmare.




ok well if you want to compare them fighting against other people....rashad completely crumbled against machida wheras jones had a little trouble in the first, then came out and dropped him and then put him to sleep with ease.
i really dont understand how rashad ''easily'' takes this fight ?



Rashad couldn't figure out Machida anymore than Jones could, and that fight was 3 years ago. Since that fight with Machida, Evans has improved his striking dramatically. And I said easily in regards to a decision, because thus far, Evans has shown himself to be the superior tactician.
DancingDoll
4/12/12 6:18:11PM
I think Machida is better than Rashad, so I don't think Jones will have any trouble securing a win here. I like the guy (Rashad), I just haven't been able to get that excited about a lot of his fights for some reason. While Jones stumbled a little with his last fight, I really can't see him losing the title on this one.

I'm hoping for a late round TKO. Jones is sooo good, it's almost more exciting to see him rattled a little at first as it was with the Machida fight.

But in the end... it'll be Bones all the way.
aussiemma
4/12/12 8:34:09PM

Posted by warglory

Rashad couldn't figure out Machida anymore than Jones could, and that fight was 3 years ago. Since that fight with Machida, Evans has improved his striking dramatically. And I said easily in regards to a decision, because thus far, Evans has shown himself to be the superior tactician.



ok well jones kind of did figure out machida by dropping him with a punch and then choking him unconscious...cant wait to bet you on this fight man !
Spanglepants
4/15/12 12:59:43AM
i'm gonna take a chance and bet on rashad. granted not a big sum of money, but i'm picking him.

i think he'll make it a wrestling match and get the decision.
RyanJacques
4/21/12 10:14:52AM
I know there are a lot of guys who like Rashad, and I do too, so my opinion won't be very popular, but I think it's a win that isn't that difficult for Jones. The only area I see Evans having an advantage is possibly being able to take Jones down. I say possibly because 1.) Jones is a pretty good wrestler himself. 2.) Jones is very good at controlling distance through strikes making his stay on the outside. When Evans has to shoot from a further distance it will give Jones a little bit more time to attempt the stuff. And even if he does take Jones down Evans isn't a ground and pound specialist but Jones has some good chokes. Striking a give a clear advantage to Jones . I posted article on it.
anomoly
4/21/12 2:11:59PM
Everyone says if Jones keeps it standing... or uses his distance... or if Rashad uses his wrestling... or gets inside... ok we get it if a fighter can play to his strengths - he will win.

Rashad fought heavyweight which means having to overcome reach is not something new.

People bring up Machida again and again, Machida is not the same fighter he was when he fought Rashad, since losing he has lost a bit of his thunder... remember when Machida was UNBEATABLE, no one could figure him out...

People are always unbeatable until someone does.

i like Jon (i have him on my avatar) but with all that said I have Rashad winning by putting hands on JJ and putting him on his back, both which has not been done and/or with any consistency through out his career in the UFC.
KungFuMaster
4/21/12 2:31:48PM
Rashad should fight Jones the same way he fought Liddel. Dance, utilize the cage, and shadow box. Lure Jones into pursuing him and when the opportunity presents itself, shoot for the take down.

I don't know if anyone else sees it but I think Jones does a lot of immature and random moves when he's fighting....and he's not doing it out of calculation or because he's good. He is doing it out of anxiety, instinct, and habit. The moves Jones has displayed in the octagon are usually executed by fighters who are overwhelmed with the pressures of not being able to control the fight. Those moves are desperation attempts to make something happen - and the only reason why Jones has been able to get away with it is because of his ridiculous reach advantage.

I have said it numerous times - I personally feel Jones is a VERY average fighter. The good things he does are:
1. Wrestling
2. Utilizing his reach
3. He listens well to his coach

There is nothing more to Jones than those three things.

The bad things he does are:
1. Wild moves
2. He cannot maintain his anxiety which explains the wild moves.
3. Weak mentality. He gets broken easily. ( see Machida fight )
4. Weak standup

The future of the Light Heavy Weight Division is certainly not Jones. He is still young so there will be plenty of time left in his career - for him to meet his match.

As far as this coming up fight - physically, Rashad is too small for Jones but stylistically, Rashad has Jones' number. Will it work out in Rashad's favor? I don't know - but I like his chances.

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