Why I want Jon Jones to Win
First off, I am a Jon Jones fan... but not a big one. I like him because he always puts on great fights and he has impressed the hell out of me (and just about everyone else). He's accomplished a lot for his age and that's why I don't mind that he can be a bit arrogant at times.
However, something about his personality doesn't really click with me (not the arrogance). My favorite fighters have personalities I can like on top of there fighting ability. That's why Jones isn't even in my top 5.
So I write this remaining unbiased as possible. For the record, I am a Rashad Evans fan too. They are both almost equally liked in my book. Jones just slightly more.
When I think about this fight, I remember what Jones has done so far. It truly has been incredible. After his first couple wins, everyone called him all hype and flash. Then the guy won the belt in devastating fashion. People then claimed that it was because Shogun was off. After the rampage fight it was because Rampage was so one dimensional. Then the Machida fight happened and it left almost no more excuses. Of course some of the same (now dwindling) people said that it was because of Jones' size. That's a pretty ridiculous excuse to write him off and those same people will always find an excuse to go against a fighter that they don't like.
The fact is Jones is a true prodigy. Coming from no mixed martial arts background to holding the title in one of the toughest divisions of the biggest mixed martial arts organization in the world at such a young age on top of it all.
Enough with ranting about things everyone already knows.
If Jones loses this fight, it will throw the entire LHW division back in limbo. Jone's finished Machida who finished Rashad. Yet Machida lost to Rampage who Rashad beat. Yet Jones finished Machida and Rampage but then would have lost to Rashad. If Jones loses, you will need a freaken zen diagram to put this division in some sort of contender order.
Most importantly, MMA could use another super star. I believe that Jones is far more marketable at this point. He has a lot of hype, and the wins to back that hype up. He could easily turn into or surpass the popularity of GSP and A. Silva.
I know what hardcore Rashad fans are thinking: So could Rashad.
But that's just not true for several reasons. 1. Rashad is in the middle of his career. 2. Rashad has been brutally knocked out (I know GSP has as well. But does anyone think that a Machida re-match would go much differently? IMO Rashad still looks like the same fighter). 3. Rashad isn't as marketable as Jones. A middle career guy who's been brutally KO'd versus a young champ who's destroyed everyone he's faced. Jones is easily more marketable.
In a nut shell, I believe that if Jones can beat Rashad decisively and simultaneously clear the division out, it will make him the next super star. Super stars bring more fans to the sport. More fans to the sport means the sport will grow. I just don't think Rashad is capable of doing the same thing if he wins.
My reasons for wanting Jones to win have almost nothing to do with him as a person or as a fighter... nor do they with Rashad.