UFC 145: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans LowKick.com Staff PredictionsPosted on April 20, 2012, 05:17 AM by Anton Gurevich
Anton Gurevich: It’s hard to bet against someone like Jon Jones. UFC Light Heavyweight champ is one of the best fighters to ever compete in Mixed Martial Arts, introducing unorthodox striking, high level wrestling, unpredictable submission game, and all-overall mental strength that make him truly one of the best. I think Rashad Evans has every chance to defeat Jones. Like it or not, he has that “inside info” on the champ, in combination with long months of trash talk that definitely will play their role inside the Octagon on Saturday. However, I think it’s Jones’ fight to lose, mostly due to the incredible reach advantage he has on Evans, and the diversity of his game, which could leave Evans behind when it comes to surprising your opponent. Something tells me this fight will remind fans of Anderson Silva’s victory over Vitor Belfort. My pick is Jones via TKO in Round 1.
Mike Drahota: Finally the most hyped fight in MMA history is upon us, and we will get to see an end to the trash-talking once and for all. Atlanta will be absolutely electric with the buzz created by all of the media exposure in the months leading up to this fight. With no love seemingly lost between the two former friends, my heart wants to root for the underdog Rashad Evans here, but I can't seem to forget about how Lyoto Machida knocked Evans out, but later got choked out in brutal fashion by Jones. Jon Jones is just a runaway freight train in my eyes right now. My head tells me that he will be on quite the long title run, but who knows, anything can happen. I see Jones finishing Evans via 3rd-round T(KO).
Daniel Cassidy: Finally after what seems like forever, the rivalry between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans comes to a head. With many of my colleague's picking Jones, I think many, including "Bones" himself, are overlooking "Suga". Coming in to this fight off of just a single career loss, Evans rides a 4 fight win streak. A true mixed martial artist, he displayed the skill set that won him the Light Heavyweight title a few years ago. A dangerous wrestler with dynamite in his hands, Evans can give any opponent fits. In the fight against Jones he faces a pretty serious reach advantage, but will use his speed and explosiveness to take the fight to Jones. For me, one of Evans's greatest attributes is the way he switches levels, from striking to wrestler, in split seconds, and will use this to put Jones on his back and punish him. I think Rashad Evans reclaims his 205lb title via Round 2 TKO.
Bryan Fontez: There are some picks that are just next to impossible to make, and when that happens, I try to pretend that I have a gun to my head in order to force an answer out of myself. With that said, I am a huge fan of Rashad Evans and I'm dying for the upset. Is it possible? Yes. Likely?That's arguable. But no matter how many times I play it out in my head, I always conclude that Jon Jones is just too dynamic and creative, with simply too many advantages in multiple areas for me to pick against him. With that said, I hope I'm wrong when I predict... Jon Jones Via Unanimous Decision.
Evan Holober: I don't believe this fight will live up to the past year or so of hype. Rashad Evans has looked good in dominating Tito Ortiz and Phil Davis, but I believe both were a bit overrated at the time (especially Ortiz). Rashad might be a bit quicker, but Jones has the strength advantage by a mile. I see Jones picking apart Rashad as he uses his reach effectively. Then as he starts to get more comfortable begin to take him down, and beat him up badly on the ground. Evans will start to wither under the assault and the official will be forced to save him around 3 or 4. Jones TKO 3.