Yeah, they have both improved without a doubt. I'm kind of neutral on this fight and have the diplomatic answer of saying "I could see it going either way".
The only problem I have is someone using the "Rashad used to sometimes out spar and out grapple Jones in training" argument as a deciding factor for them on predicting this fight. Same thing visa versa, depending on who you talk too.
I know I can't compare myself to them, but the analogy works. I used to get out grappled by certain people all the time. I really had no chance because I still had a lot to learn and had to accept my place at the time. Now my grappling has improved a lot, or at least a lot since then. I wouldn't say I'm anything special, but I could decisively out grapple those same people who have also improved. (While some are still able to out grapple me) What I'm saying is, because someone was better than someone 1-2 years ago, it doesn't mean they will always have that persons number. It can in some situations, but we all improve at different speeds and to think you will always be in someones head because of the past, or to think a guy will always get beat by another guy because you watched him get owned a few years ago is being naive. It's something to look at, I'm not disputing that, but I wouldn't use it as a strong point in your argument.
That being said, I'm not implying that's the case here or even that Rashad or Jones think that. I just don't like seeing this argument being highly used to support either guys case of winning. What happened in the past in TRAINING doesn't matter anymore. These guys are professionals and some of the best fighters in the world who probably won't let a trivial thing get inside their head when fight time comes. Most of us are different animals inside the cage than we are inside the gym as well.
Anyways, both guys have improved tremendously since then so expect to see a completely different result either way. Picking a winner is hard for me, which makes this fight that much more exciting to see.
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Last edited by Stapler; 04-20-2012 at 02:24 PM.