The Numbers Behind Jon Jones' UFC 135 BrilliancePosted on September 26, 2011, 10:03 AM by Anton Gurevich
Last weekend, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones proved one and for all he's one of the greatest fighters to ever step foot inside the Octagon.
Jones dominated Quinton Jackson during three rounds, before finishing the contest via a neck-crunching Rear Naked Choke, early in Round 4. One of the most spectacular things about Jon Jones' performance was the way he adapted to Jackson's style by using kicks and clinch work to frustrate one of the most dominant Light Heavyweights in the history of Mixed Martial Arts. According to FightMetric, 35 of Jon Jones' strikes were leg kicks, similar to Forrest Griffin's UFC 86 gameplan that included the same dosage of abuse on Jackson's legs.
In addition, CompuStrike.com reports that Jones landed 66 total strikes to Rampage's 23. One month ago, Anderson Silva outlanded Yushin Okami 43-18 at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro. Jon Jones' dominance reminded the taste of Anderson Silva's recent performances inside the Octagon. Unorthodox style in combination with laser-sharp accuracy make Jon Jones an unstoppable fighter, and more than a worthy challenge (at least on paper) for the currently unbeatable humiliation machine named Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
More than anything, Jon Jones proved his maturity in a fight with Rampage Jackson. Smart gameplan and patience during the fight are all qualities of a great fighter. Jones lost the trash-talking contest to Rampage, but responded well inside the cage. There are dozens of A+ class athletes from Badminton to Soccer who choke under pressure, as only a few, those who are truly considered the best, step up to the occasion and prove their worth inside the cage, ring, football pitch, or tennis court. Jon Jones proved he belongs to that elite.