UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones chokes out Rampage Jackson in 4thPosted on September 24, 2011, 10:59 PM by Anton Gurevich
This time we saw a patient and calm Jon Jones, who was not willing to over-expose himself with trademark unorthodox moves. Instead, Jones channeled his aggression to kicks and punches to the body, which step by step took all the steam out of Jackson's legendary warrior spirit.
Rampage responded with wild punches, but none of them landed clean to put Jon Jones in any type of danger. The only positive thing for Jackson was his takedown defense. Jones tried to execute a takedown on several occasions, but was successful in just a few of them. But when Jones got Rampage down, he unleashed vicious ground and pound that cut the challenger wide open. Bloodied-up and hurt Jackson also got some disrespect from Jones, when the Champ picked him up and sort of "half-slammed" on the canvas at the end of Round 3. But, it was only a sign of things to come.
It was obvious that Jon Jones will try to finish the fight in Round 4. The Champ opened strong with kicks and punching combination, as Rampage Jackson got pushed to the fence once again. Jones got Jackson down in a very uncomfortable position for the challenger, then getting his back in preparations for finishing maneuver. With his legs locked over Jackson's back, it was a short way for Jon Jones to execute a neck-breaking Rear Naked Choke.
Jackson tapped out for the first time in 10 years. Last time was against Kazushi Sakuraba at Pride 15. Plus, Jon Jones was the first man to finish Rampage inside the Octagon (and sine the Wanderlei Silva fights in PRIDE).
Jon Jones is without a doubt of the greatest Mixed Martial Artists on the planet. In just three years, "Bones" achieved the unbelievable. Rashad Evans is next, and it will be interesting to see how Jon Jones works against someone with as-good-as wrestling. But until then, let's just enjoy The Bones Era.