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Numbers Never Lie: UFC 145 Jones vs. Evans

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Jones comes from a strong Greco-Roman wrestling background and his skills have translated very well to MMA. His takedown accuracy of 63.6% is the very best in light heavyweight history. He’s already scored 21 takedowns, 4th most in division history, and his 3.32 takedowns per 15 minutes average is the 4th highest in division. Aside from winning takedown battles, Jones shows great control on the ground, spending only 12 seconds in the UFC on his back.

100% Takedown Defense

Jones has never been taken down, an impressive feat considering he’s fought high level wrestlers like Quinton Jackson, Ryan Bader, and Jake O’Brien. In the case of O’Brien, who holds the UFC record with 6.44 takedowns landed per 15 minutes, Jones defended all four attempts by O’Brien. Jones’ takedown defense should be one of his biggest weapons when he faces the takedown-hungry Rashad Evans.

Outlands Opponents by 2.4 Strikes per Minute

Jones is known for the unorthodox striking techniques that he displays in the Octagon, but what may surprise most is that he’s actually quite efficient in this area. Jones’ strike differential is 2.40, the fourth best total in UFC history. This means that Jones lands 2.4 more strikes every minute than he absorbs...

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Post #1   4/11/12 11:12:41AM   

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Numbers never lie...but their relevance is always questionable, especially in sports even though people always hope to unlock a deeper meaning from them. If I was to find a true meaning to numbers it would be that Jones has finished all of his title fights, and he has done so against opponents that had only been finished a handful of times combined, now THAT is a feat.

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Post #2   4/11/12 11:28:47AM   

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Rampage really? O Brian? REALLY?

Post #3   4/11/12 12:08:11PM   

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Posted by TeamDEY

Rampage really? O Brian? REALLY?



Rampage might not be the high level wrestler they make him out to be in the article, but he sure as hell is a high level fighter. O'Brien's TD numbers speak for themselves whether you think he was a great fighter or not. The guy has more TD's per 15 minutes than anyone in UFC history and Jones stymied him, the numbers on O'Brien don't lie. I'm not sure I get your gripe.

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Post #4   4/11/12 12:37:57PM   

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Impressive numbers, but you gotta remember that not too long ago we were amazed by Machida's numbers too.

Not to mention Cain's, Chuck's, Fedor's and many others.


Seems like the moment we start getting a trend it all goes up in the air.

Post #5   4/11/12 1:19:54PM   

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Posted by cowcatcher


Posted by TeamDEY

Rampage really? O Brian? REALLY?



Rampage might not be the high level wrestler they make him out to be in the article, but he sure as hell is a high level fighter. O'Brien's TD numbers speak for themselves whether you think he was a great fighter or not. The guy has more TD's per 15 minutes than anyone in UFC history and Jones stymied him, the numbers on O'Brien don't lie. I'm not sure I get your gripe.



He's a Rashad fan, and I'm guessing he's getting tired of hearing all the praise Jones gets(again just my guess knowing he's a Rashad fan).

Post #6   4/11/12 1:22:13PM   

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Didn't Obrien take Herring down like 9000 times in that fight?

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Post #7   4/11/12 2:14:45PM   

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Post #8   4/11/12 8:09:40PM   

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bottom line i think is jones is an unnaturally long fighter, with a strange style that cant really be mimicked in any training camp as well as having great coaching and pure athleic ability. that said, its only a matter of time before someone figures him out and he loses. we dont know when that will be, it could be ten friggen years from now but someone will get him. i personally hope hendo lands the "H" bomb and takes his title because hendo is a badass

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Posted by tcunningham

bottom line i think is jones is an unnaturally long fighter, with a strange style that cant really be mimicked in any training camp as well as having great coaching and pure athleic ability. that said, its only a matter of time before someone figures him out and he loses. we dont know when that will be, it could be ten friggen years from now but someone will get him. i personally hope hendo lands the "H" bomb and takes his title because hendo is a badass



I think after watching his fight with Machida, I certainly saw, in the first round at least, a Jones that looked very confused. Machida seemed to show more progress at solving the riddle that is Jon Jones. Of course that could just be the Machida effect, as he seems to confuse all his opponents to some degree, so it could mean nothing at all. I think that this fight with Rashad could be very interesting because, in theory, given that they were once training partners, Rashad knows more about Jones' weaknesses than anybody else, so maybe we will get to see at least a small part of the puzzle solved. Of course, the same can be said of Jones about Rashad, so maybe we'll see Jones continue dominating as he has been. Personally, I just want some kind of indicator that shows that Jones isn't some kind of super human created by S.H.I.E.L.D. and it's Super Soldier program that has no weaknesses.

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Posted by Lethal

Impressive numbers, but you gotta remember that not too long ago we were amazed by Machida's numbers too.

Not to mention Cain's, Chuck's, Fedor's and many others.


Seems like the moment we start getting a trend it all goes up in the air.



I agree completely here. I'm a huge fan of what Jones has accomplished but in the LHW division alone their has been so many wild twist and turns it really wouldn't surprise if by this time next year where all gloating over some one else who just today is a relative unknown.

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Posted by mrsmiley


Posted by Lethal

Impressive numbers, but you gotta remember that not too long ago we were amazed by Machida's numbers too.

Not to mention Cain's, Chuck's, Fedor's and many others.


Seems like the moment we start getting a trend it all goes up in the air.



I agree completely here. I'm a huge fan of what Jones has accomplished but in the LHW division alone their has been so many wild twist and turns it really wouldn't surprise if by this time next year where all gloating over some one else who just today is a relative unknown.



Jones wasn't an unknown only a year before he destroyed Shogun to take the title...and most of those guys Lethal mentioned were getting old and in the twilight of their careers, where as Jones is still peaking and getting better and better each fight...that's friggin scary!

Post #12   4/13/12 2:20:58AM