Watch without voice folks. Otherwise you just buy everything Goldie and Rogan say to you.
1-st round= Jones controlled the pace, landed a few punches, but that's it. Rashad landed a headkick that could as well KO Jones if it landed just a bit better. How is it having "nothing" for Jones? If he KO'ed him in that moment, you would be on Shad's nuts for a month. Anyway, considering the head kick and some punches thrown afterwards by Rashad, the round was about even. Is this the round 2 judges gave to Rashad?
2nd- For more than half a round it was even, then Jones got the advantage by landing those beautiful elbows. At the end he also landed a nice left hook.
3rd- Beautiful overhand right by Rashad. Had it landed properly and KO'ed Jones with it you would be...
Significat strikes landed "45 Jones, 32 Rashad". How is that domination exactly? You mistake it with controling the pace of the action. But he didn't land that much up until that point. Most of it was blocked. You memorised the elbows as the ones that almost Killed Rashad. But the reality is that only one starggered him, and it was far from killing. For the rest of the round Jones controlls the pace as usual, but neither of them lands anything significant. So considering that the most significant strike landed in this round was Rashad's overhand right and the pace was controlled by Jones (which he didn't do much with as I said) the round was about even as well, same as first.
4th- Jones controlled the pace... and that's it. Both tried TD, but failed. Both landed some light shots, Jones may landed more, but these are pitter patter shots in all rounds. Jones was the aggressor as in all rounds. You gotta give this round to Jones, but not coz of damage, but rather Octagon Control. Yeah, there were also shoulder strikes at the end..
5th- "Significant strikes landed 90 Jones, 46 Evans" Clearly you can see that Jones landed more, but most of these shots were weak. As far as really signicifant shots are concerned I remember Jones' elbow of hell and few others elbows and Rashad's overhand right and the headkick.
Ok, back go action: Couple nice jabs landed by Jones and a power right hand that landed clean. I can see a frontkick land as well. Sort of a TD by Jones, but it was Rashad off balanced. He ate an elbow on the ground, though. Couple of shoulder strikes. Nothing else worth mentioning that would change the scoring. Jones controled bla bla bla. Both landed pitter patter in between as usual.
So tell me, how did Jones dominate Rashad in this fight? I looked more of a domination while listening to Rogan and Goldie, but in reality it wasn't. Controling the pace of the fight and being aggressive you call domination? lol. Twice as much strikes landed, but almost all nothing significant you call domination? The truth is that neither of man was close to finishing the fight. Jones staggered Rashad once, but didn't capitalize. Rashad landed 2 very solid strikes, that could have made a difference if landed cleaner (Jones has a pretty good chin too), Jones said himself he was rocked at one point.
You guys should watch fights without voice before you make silly statements like Rashad has nothing for Jones and Jones dominated. He didn't dominate shit. Rashad was very passive, gunshy and Jones was controling the pace, that's the story of this fight. + 1 hellbow.
Rashad has a shot if he uses his wrestling more, coz he didn't attempt almost any TD. He did attempt but it was rather not to get more elbowed, those were not TD you would expect from Rashad.
Who knows, if Rashad was more aggresive, maybe he could have done a lot better. Maybe he could have been finished by Jones by the same token too. But it is simple not true that Jones dominated that fight. He did ok, but nothing spectacular. The fight was lackluster to be honest. I was excited as shit, as probably most of you, but it's only coz of the significance of the fight itself. But in reality, if those were 2 strange guys, this would be a boring ass fight.
If Jones fought Anderson Silva in he would get murdered if he fought like he fought against Evans. Minus the takedowns, which he could get and elbow Silva "into Bolivian" (
). But in a strict stand-up battle you guys make me laugh when you say that Jones would maul Silva, lol. Where did you get that impression from exactly? Which fight should I take a look at again?
Anderson's striking on the feet is 2 levels above Jones'. I would give the advantage in elbows to Jones, though. But let's not forget the elbow KO by Silva in the past.
Kid is great, but that was far from his best and impressive performance in general, so save the sucking for some other fight and give Rashad some props or flame both guys. And comparisons to Machida, I don't thing Machida did better. He landed only this 1 shot that was really significant. I feel Rashad had a better showing, but Machida left better impression, coz he took chances and wanted the belt bad.
I do feel disappointed a bit that Rashad didn't push the pace and go for broke when he knew he was losing the fight in the fifth. That was weak. He didn't show me he wanted it bad. It was almost like being content with surviving 5 rounds with Jones, which is not the way to win a fight against him in the future. You need to be aggressive and take some chances.
Inb4 a gif <didn't read> wall of text.
EDIT:// I don't disagree that it was sort of a dominating performance and that he CLEARLY won. I'm arguing that he didn't destroy Rashad as ppl claim he did. Rashad had his moments and it makes this "he has nothing for Jones" false. He can surely challenge him in the future if he make some adjustments.