Originally Posted by TheLyotoLegion
How is he a threat to Jones? Because he's a wrestler with a good ground game?
Davis being ONLY 28 means nothing either, the LHW Champ is only 25. Jones wouldn't even need to take Davis down he could bust him up on the feet, he wouldn't end up in a situation with Davis like he did with Vitor.
Because he is a very fast athletic wrestler with a blazing shot, and yes with a good ground game. Not the kind of slow plodding, against the cage wrestler that Jones has faced and played into his greco clinch and reach advantage strengths.
This is just opinion but I believe a fast shot that can take out his lanky base is the kind of style to counter his TDD. Hopefully Davis can improve his standup more and gain some more confidence at the elite levels before then.
Originally Posted by GrappleRetarded
Even if he did end up taking down Davis and working from the guard, judging from the Rashad Evans fight he wouldn't have much trouble in dealing with Davis' bottom game and brutalising him with elbows.
Where Rashad failed to finish Phil in the crucifix position, Jones would murder him.
I was thinking Davis would be the first one to take HIM down. My reasoning is above ... whether or not it would happen, it's still a better theory to test out than watching Machida or Shogun get slaughtered again.
Truth is Davis is in the same spot he was after Rashad beat him. That was a filler. gimmie, confidence builder, call it what you want but that was a fight Davis was supposed to win and beating an unranked opponent does nothing for him.
Davis is one dimensional, he can wrestle but jeez I have never seen a guy who seems to have such little idea how to close the gap and get a hold of his opponent. I feel embarrassed for him when ever he throws that awkward charge in right that he uses to get inside. Its horrible, it looks awkward and is easily telegraphed which is why he will never be an elite fighter. I don't care what anyone see's but I see zero improvement anymore and certainly not enough that he will amount to anything skill wise before his body is in decline.
Says the guy who thought Cote would make another run at the title. When was his last UFC win again?
Yes Prado was a stupid fight for a guy with a 5-1 UFC record but that's who they gave him and that's who he dominated as expected, and showcased some improvements as well.
Davis' shot isn't telegraphed, he's tooled Gustaf who has excellent TDD. He couldn't take down Rashad because Rashad has never been taken or kept down since the first Tito fight, he's among the best defensive wrestlers in the game and his standup made Davis tentative.
I'm gonna assume he learnt from his first loss to an elite fighter and go ahead and continue to root for Davis, because the guy is learning fast, has great tools, and a great attitude. I'll be there riding the train for his next fight, and if it's someone like Bader/Hendo/Sonnen I'll sig bet any one of yous.