Jonny “Bones” Jones v. Lyoto “the Dragon” Machida: It’s Happening at UFC 140!!!

Posted: October 6, 2011 in Fandom, MMA
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In light of the recent announcement by Dana White (and implicitly confirmed by Jones and perhaps by Machida, too) that Jon Jones will be defending his UFC light heavyweight title against former champion, Lyoto Machida, I remind you of a few of my posts relevant to this fight. The first, What’s the Formula to Beat Jonny Bones Jones?, is about the one hole in Jones’s game. The second, Machida’s Unsolvability, discusses why and how stylistic matchups matter. The third, Dream Matchup: Lyoto “the Dragon” Machida v. Jonny “Bones” Jones, compares the two fighters and predicts how the fight will unfold. All three of these posts have stood the test of time. Nothing that’s happened since their initial posting changes my perspective (except that I’ve changed my mind on who would win in a GSP-Silva match-up). I guess I’ve already given you my Stupid Prediction™ for this one. 🙂

By the way, I couldn’t be happier with this announcement. As I’ve said on Fight Fans Radio, this is the last true test for Jones. Machida is the only fighter left that stylistically matches up well against Bones, and of the three (Quinton Jackson and Mauricio Rua), he’s the best match-up. If Jones wins, the light heavyweight division becomes like the middleweight and welterweight divisions in that only a case of food poisoning or freak injury could possibly dethrone the champion. Mark my words, though; this will be Jones’s toughest challenge.

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  1. […] I’m picking “Bones” Jones here, but the real pick is in how this will go down. I’ve already written quite a bit on this subject, and there are a few things you should take away from those posts. First, this remains the last […]

  2. […] My prior writings on this “dream matchup” pointed out that, while Jones was likely to win, the character of the fight would be based on whether Jones chose to fight Machida on Machida’s terms or be smart and fight on his own terms. Depending on the choice, Jones would win in either the second or fourth round. In the first round, Jones met Machida on his own terms and got tagged for it. If, in the second round, Jones hadn’t adjusted and pushed Machinda against the fence, eventually going for a submission, Machida would probably have weathered the storm and lasted until round 4, maybe even winning. As I predicted, this was the best stylistic match-up for Jones, and I want you to think about why this is true. Have you ever seen anyone come in on Jones, tag him cleanly, and get out without a scratch? Nope, you haven’t, but Machida did it at least twice. Machida could have KO’d a fresh, healthy Jones, and there’s no one else in the division that can say that. […]

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