Jon Jones: best of all time?

April 24th, 2013

The upcoming Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen has the speculators talking about Jones’s eventual place in history again. Is he the best of all time? Could he be? Not yet.

In MMA, Anderson Silva is without a doubt the best of all time…at the moment. A record of 33-4 with no losses since Jan. 2006. He holds the longest win streak in the UFC and most title defenses in the UFC. He also has most Knockout of the Night bonuses. He DESTROYS opponents. At age 38, he is still one of the strongest and fastest fighters around, and the most dominant. Look at what he did to Bonnar by intentionally placing himself in a position that pundits said would be Bonnar’s best hope to win. Silva still picked him apart.

Jon Jones has similar assets. He is fast and unorthodox with possibly a better ground game. The big advantange? Age. He is only 25 now and he started his UFC career at age 20. Anderson started his UFC career at 31.

What we are seeing in Jon Jones is a fighter of the same caliber as Anderson Silva who possibly has 11 more years at the top of the sport than Anderson did. Jones’s biggest threat is complacency. It has been a danger for Silva as seen in his performances against Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, Damean Maia, and the first Sonnen fight. He won all of those, even though he should have lost the Sonnen fight. But look at the second Sonnen fight. When Silva is motivated, he is overwhelmingly dominant.

If Jones can avoid complacency, he is on the road to being the greatest of all time. He has the body and talent for it. But being young and having the world at your feet can lead to a fall. It happened to Tyson (and many others). At 25, can Jones avoid the temptations of fame that lead to complacency? The danger signs are there. He was convicted of DWI last year after putting his very expensive car into a phone pole. Tyson didn’t have good people around him to keep him out of trouble. Maybe Jones does through his family and training partners at Jackson MMA.

It will be the difference between being the best of all time, and being another story of a tragic fall of someone who peaked for a short time.

FightStripe #39

April 26th, 2011

UFC 129 Preview

 

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Holy Sh!t!!

December 17th, 2010

As usual the WEC delivered with exciting fights from top to bottom last night, but none more exciting than the main event for the Lightweight Belt . It was capped off by the sickest move I have ever seen in MMA: Anthony Pettis pulling a Neo on Ben Henderson in the last minute of the 5th Round. If there’s a better move that has ever been executed in the history of the sport, I’ve yet to see it.

FightStripe 38

December 16th, 2010

UFC 124 wrap up and WEC 53 preview
 

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FightStripe 37

December 10th, 2010

UFC 124 preview
 

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Stefan Struve vs. Sean McCorkle
Jason: Struve
Kevin :McCorkle

Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig
Jason: Stevenson
Kevin:Stevenson

Jim Miller vs. Charles Oliveira
Jason: Miller
Kevin: Miller

Thiago Alves vs. John Howard
Jason: Alves
Kevin: Howard

UFC Welterweight Championship
Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck
Jason: GSP
Kevin: Koscheck

Fightstripe #36

November 11th, 2010

WEC #52 preview:

 

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Damacio Page vs. Demetrious Johnson
Kevin: Page
Jason: Page

Joseph Benavidez vs. Wagnney Fabiano
Kevin: Benavidez
Jason: Benavidez

Erik Koch Vs. Francisco Rivera
Kevin: Koch
Jason: Koch

Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vazquez
Kevin: Mendez
Jason: Vazquez

Urijah Faber (No. 4 FW) vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Kevin: Faber
Jason: Faber

Fightstripe #35

October 26th, 2010

UFC 121 Wrap up show where Jason was finally right about Brock Lesnar.
 

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Fightstripe #34

October 19th, 2010

 

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UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez

Brendan Schaub vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Jason: Gonzaga
Kevin: Schaub

Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill
Jason: Hamill
Kevin: Hamill

Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
Jason: Thiago
Kevin: Thiago

Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
Jason: Shields
Kevin: Shields

Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
Jason: Velazquez
Kevin: Lesnar

Bonus Picks
Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
Jason: Court
Kevin: Court

Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor
Jason: Lawlor
Kevin: Cote

Fight Stripe #33

August 3rd, 2010

UFC 117 preview
 

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Junior dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson
Kevin: dos Santos
Jason: dos Santos

Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
Kevin: Hughes
Jason: Hughes

Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Kevin: Guida
Jason: Guida

Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
Kevin: Fitch by decision
Jason: Fitch by decision

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
Kevin: Silva
Jason: Sonnen

UFC Jones vs. Matyushenko

August 1st, 2010

Jason moved this week so we weren’t able to do a show, but here are our picks:

Takanori Gomi vs. Tyson Griffin
Kevin: Griffin
Jason: Griffin

John Howard vs. Jake Ellenberger
Kevin: Howard
Jason: Ellenberger

Munoz vs. Okami
Kevin: Okami
Jason: Okami

Jones vs. Matyushenko
Kevin: Jones
Jason: Jones

Bonus Pick:
DaMarques Johnson vs. Matt Riddle
Kevin: Johnson
Riddle: Riddle