If you aren’t already totally stoked about this upcoming Saturday’s UFC 135: Jones vs Rampage event, watch this video here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/pjJkJEbZII8
This will be the Jon Jones very first title defense and if he can pull off a win there will be no doubt that this young rising star is the real deal. Rampage recently called Jones a cocky snot nosed kid who hasn’t even defended his title yet. He said that and more when he and Jones where on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Tuesday at midnight. You can check out the video here: Jones and Rampage on Jimmy Kimmel Live Plus More Verbal Warfare Videos.
Let’s take a look at the latest UFC 135 betting lines over at the BetDSI Sportsbook:
QUINTON JACKSON PK+375
JON JONES PK-525
It’s no surprise that Jones in the favorite coming to this match especially considering that he was able to finish Ryan Bader and Mauricio Rua respectively without really getting injured in his last two fights. Although “Bones” is tall and lanky, his reach, unorthodox striking and wrestling make him a very dangerous opponent. Jones performs well defending against takedowns and can even reverse takedowns to gain top position on the floor. His ground and pound is fantastic to watch as he gets in hard elbows and bombs. With three wins via submission, all guillotine chokes, it’s obvious that Jones is an all around fighter excelling in attacking. As far as I’m concerned, his defense off his back has not been fully tested yet.
Rampage has reason to feel confident against Jones, however false it may be. He not only packs more power behind his punches, he has more MMA experience and has 14 career first round stoppages compared to Jones 6.
According to their profiles online, neither fighter holds black belts in any martial arts nor any were Division I wrestlers, but both managed to get to the top of the UFC Light-heavyweight ranks thanks to their raw talent, determination and MMA training. This will be a very interesting match, Rampage the former construction man and former champ, going up against a former criminology student and the youngest fighter to have ever held the title.