The more I think about it the more I want to see this fight. It's going to be a very interesting fight with a lot of feints from both sides I believe. Technically you can't compare, athletically you also can't compare. Each have their advantages, but clearly JBJ has the advantage physically. From a mental standpoint he hasn't been knocked out yet so he will be more "ballsy" if you will. Anybody who gets KOed will be a lot more tentative; Rashad, Mirko, Arlovski, GSP, etc. Machida will be EXTRA cautious now. He was always a defense first type of fighter, but now probably even more so. This will draw in JBJ to make those flashy maneuvers. I don't think he has the patience to wait the way Machida does. As I said before when he goes for a jumping high kick or spinning elbow, Machida will have a split second to capitalize. I only wish Machida pressed the action more. He has such controlled bursts which does not really favor him in a three round match, but more so in a five rounder. He's got 25 minutes to plan, plot, and calculate his moves methodically. I actually expect JBJ to be the aggressor like Shogun and try to prove why he's the undisputed champion. Realistically the odds are in JBJs corner right now, but I would not rule out Machida. In fact if the odds were favorable I would place a bet on em. It would be all the more sweeter when he pulls off the "upset."
It could end by the 1st, but I don't think so. I expect it to go into championship rounds. The first round is the most critical. If JBJ takes Machida to the ground and hurt em in the process then it'll be a short night. If Machida can dodge his high flying maneuvers, counter em and or take em to the ground softening him up a bit then we got a fight. That will shake up JBJ's confidence a bit.
But before then we got Rashad.