Originally Posted by BobbyCooper
Machida's fight against Rampage "just one little example" was a balls out tough grinding fight to fight for both of them. Clinching against the cage is the hardest part in all of MMA and it takes the most out of your body by far!!!
The last three minutes of that fight were tough and grinding fight. The rest Machida backpedaled to the cage and was FORCED to clinch by Rampage. And clinching, while it is tiring is not anything close to rolling constantly going on the mat. When a guy just lays on top of someone it's tiring but a standing clinch against the cage doesn't take the same out of you as grappling.
I'm not saying Machida could not beat Jones. I in fact I've had him second on my list as most likely to do it. I'm just saying he wouldn't win because his style makes Jones gas, because his style doesn't lead to guys gassing. moving around a cage and missing with punches is not as tiring as grappling, it just isn't.