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Old 10-14-2011, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Article: Lyoto thinks he has cracked Jon Jones code.

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/10/1...on-jones-style

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Lyoto Machida has been one of the most successful light heavyweights over the past few years in the UFC. An injury to Rashad Evans has opened the door for Machida to get a shot at regaining the UFC light heavyweight championship. At UFC 140 Machida will get the chance to face Jon Jones, a fighter that no one has yet been able to figure out.

Machida thinks that he will be able to find the chink in the armor of the champion on December (via Vancouver Sun):

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"I've been studying Jon Jones thoroughly. I've been watching his game. It's not something impossible to do, to come up with a game plan. I think I'll be able to crack that code,"
Machida does present interesting challenges in his timing in the striking game, but he will have to figure out a way to get inside the reach of Jones and will have to be more aggressive than he showed in the first two rounds of his fight with Quinton Jackson at UFC 123. In the Jackson fight Lyoto fought far too measured and gave away the opening two rounds. When he came back to almost knock Rampage out in the final frame it was simply too little, too late.

Aside from the risks presented by Machida, ESPN's Chuck Mindenhall wonders if burnout may present just as much of a danger to Jones:

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What Jones is doing is unprecedented. Chuck Liddell defended his strap three times in 2006; two of those defenses -- against Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz -- were against former champions. That comes close.

Georges St. Pierre fought four times in 2005, but none of them had title implications. Jones will have fought three former champions and one previously undefeated prospect. The annals of the UFC's history can't produce his equivalent.

So far he's handled the pressure of these events fine, though he's taking his time more as he goes along. He's finishing everybody, but chronologically speaking it's taking him an extra round to do it: Matyushenko (first round), Bader (second round), Rua (third round), Jackson (fourth). Of all of these, Machida is arguable the hardest to solve, and is possibly the best reactionary fighter in the game. The style match-up will be fun to contemplate.
It is absolutely one of the most intriguing style battles in the sport and we'll get to see it this December.
What I found most interesting was the increasing amount of time it has taken JBJ to beat each opponent. He has finished them all, but I think it also points to the level of his competition as of late.

So my question is: Does it matter how long it takes him to beat someone if he finishes them?
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What I found most interesting was the increasing amount of time it has taken JBJ to beat each opponent. He has finished them all, but I think it also points to the level of his competition as of late.

So my question is: Does it matter how long it takes him to beat someone if he finishes them?
A finish is a finish. But destroying someone inside a round is more impressive than a 5th round finish.
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A finish is a finish. But destroying someone inside a round is more impressive than a 5th round finish.
That's very debatable, finishing when you're already very tired is also very impressive.
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Funny quote from Machida. Considering it took people a while to crack his code (shogun). I think Machida can do it. I just think it's ironic for him to say something like that.
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Funny quote from Machida. Considering it took people a while to crack his code (shogun). I think Machida can do it. I just think it's ironic for him to say something like that.
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Are people really giving Machida a chance in this fight? Outside of his fans of course....
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I think I'll be able to crack that code,"
He's certainly not saying he thinks he has cracked the code, and although this was an interesting article I really don't see how it is any different than what Lyoto has been saying all along. The thread title makes the implication that Lyoto has a new lead in his game planning that makes him feel as though he has cracked the code.

That being said, it's ignorant to think Lyoto doesn't have a chance. If I could hand craft a difficult matchup for Jones, I would craft someone like Lyoto. Strong standup, with the ability to create unique angles. Those angles will allow him to potentially close in on Jones. The recurring theme with Jones has been effective utilization of his reach, and just shutting people out from penetrating that reach. I thought Shogun's aggression would be hard for Jones to deal with, but his TDD had always been questionable. Lyoto, however has a solid base.
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I just don't see Machida winning, he is primarily a outside fighter and uses his speed as his advantage. JBJ will be on the outside and picking his shots this fight, and its a fair argument that JBJ is just as fast as him with more strength and leverage.

Only one man can defeat JBJ and that is Rashad, he has the speed and the takedowns to get it done. Won't be a pretty win, pretty much a lay 'n pray I think. Otherwise, like it was said about Machida but didn't come true. Its the JBJ era folks, and its mighty true this time.
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I personally think it's a mistake to count the Dragon out of any fight. JBJ is obviously the most dominating LHW at the moment, but look back a year or so. The same thing was said about Machida. And if Rashad is "just as fast" as Bones, that's a good thing for Lyoto. After all, he seemed to deal with Rashad's speed just fine. I'd give him the best odds of anyone in the division of beating JBJ. It took a while, but eventually Machida was figured out. Only a matter of time before someone figures out Jones.
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I personally think it's a mistake to count the Dragon out of any fight. JBJ is obviously the most dominating LHW at the moment, but look back a year or so. The same thing was said about Machida. And if Rashad is "just as fast" as Bones, that's a good thing for Lyoto. After all, he seemed to deal with Rashad's speed just fine. I'd give him the best odds of anyone in the division of beating JBJ. It took a while, but eventually Machida was figured out. Only a matter of time before someone figures out Jones.
I think this is really the best way to put it. Jones is now under enough scrutiny where his strengths are becoming more and more apparent. If there's anyone in the LHW division to deal with JBJ's evident strengths, I'd put my money on Lyoto far before I did on Rashad.
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