OK guys. Will it be Jon "Bones" Jones or Jose Aldo. As I mentioned in my 1st post a while back I've been a boxing fan for quite a while & ended up getting into MMA about 5 years ago. And I've come to really enjoy MMA with all its different fighting methods.
And obviously as the sport has grown so much in popularity over the years...it is getting a lot of new guys seeing if they have the "stuff" to be a top MMA fighter. And baby...from what I've seen...it is incredibly hard to have a great MMA record. Put your arm in the wrong place for a second...arm bar...done.
Don't see a right hook coming from the 4 ounce gloves...nighty night. And as we've seen lately...."fighters today better remember Ralph Machhio & Mr. Miagi's Crane kick".
OK - back on the topic. It looks to me like these 2 guys (who are both very young & haven't been on the scene that long) are of the caliber where they can just dominate their opponents. Aldo just cleaned out that 145 division. Faber who had been the king there for a long time makes a mistake against Brown in the 1st fight...& busts up his hands in the second Brown fight.
When his hands are healed he comes back with a warm up fight (maybe 2) & then gets the title shot again in Arco...his stomping grounds. But it is Aldo that does all the STOMPING...those brutal leg kicks...just totally took out Fabers base & he was helpless very soon.
You'd think Faber knew about Aldo's kicks and knees & would prepare for it...& probably did. And the announcers are always talking about Fabers speed. But I guess even though Faber prepared for the leg kicks...he couldn't do anything about them. And when that scenario comes up...your almost always toast.
Oh yea...we saw that after that fight...that Faber decided to go down to 135...I think he knew he wasn't ever getting that belt back with Aldo around the 145 division.
And then the "Swanson" fight. Over in a matter of seconds...looked like double flying knees...& brutal ones.
Then Brown with all his strength...I mean for a guy of his size...he is just so ripped....which doesn't neccesarily mean thats the way to win in MMA...because we've seen that it isn't.
I mean...you need the whole package...speed, strength, cardio, know how to fight in a mutliple of styles, being good off your back, being great at submissions, & the list goes on. And Aldo makes quick work of Brown. Then he has a fight with Manvel "the Anvil" Gamburyan who is no day at the beach to fight....& KO's him a little over a minute into the second round.
I didn't list those previous fights in order...byt they have been most of his recent fights. And then of course...he comes up against a guy who he doesn't handle with ease in Mark Hominick. It gets "fight of the night" honors. Hominick was known as a tough guy who was a really good technical striker (I guess you could say "Terminator Syndrome") who sorta fought with the cold detached style.
And though I knew that Hominick might take Aldo deeper into a fight & may damage Aldo some with his boxing skills...I NEVER thought I'd see Hominick sitting on Aldo & almost KO'ing Aldo in the last round. I'm sure he was exhausted...but he was still trying to get some hard...direct hit punches to the face & head to take Aldo out late in that last round...but alas...he couldn't do it.
But he sure proved his was one tough dude with that golf ball sized hematoma sticking out of his forehead (a bit of the "Elephant Man Look") & also a pretty bad looking eye.
Does that fight mean that Aldo can & will be beat by somebody before long. I don't think so. I mean...it is just so hard to roll over all your opponents with relative ease like he'd been doing before the Hominick fight.
I'd still be betting on Aldo no matter who he fights in the division & lay some pretty good odds. Although if I heard right...his next fight might be interesting. I heard Chad Mendes. I know he fights out of that Team Alpha Male with Faber & Benavidez (who is also no slouch).
I know that Chad is 10-0 so far in his MMA career. I've seen 2 or 3 of his fights & he really looks impressive. He looks like one of those guys who is just relentless. With his wrestling background...I've seen him taking guys down a LOT. Even guys with good take down defense.
I think his last fight was vs. Javier Vazquez who he beat by UD. And Vazquez was no slouch either. I think he beat A. Morrison & Swanson before that one. And his striking skills have become better too....& great cardio.
It could be interesting...but I'd still of course take Aldo & lay good odds too!!!
I just realized this has gotten really long. Let me know if you guys don't care for longish posts here & I'll keep them shorter in the future.
So I won't go into Jones like I did Aldo. I'm sure folks here know how great this guy has looked the last few years in MMA. Awesome...just like Aldo!
So the bottom line is: Who do you think will end up being looked upon as the greater fighter between these two after all is said & done & why do you think that?
I'd really be interested regarding what people have to say about this.
P.S. - I'm not into rap music very much. But there is a highlight video for Jose Aldo on YouTube with a rap song in the background called "Can't be Stopped" that I think is pretty cool. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpKfUviYSjU
check it out if you get a chance.