“Rumble” will now face current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones at UFC 187 in May.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who is a teammate of Johnson’s and a former training partner of Jones, was a recent guest on ‘The MMA Hour’ with Ariel Helwani, where he gave his prediction on the upcoming “Bones” vs. “Rumble” title fight:
“The thing about Jon Jones that makes him so dynamic and probably one of the best ever is that he is able to adapt his gameplan to the guy he’s fighting, and fight him at his own game. That is something he could do against a lot of athletes that he has faced, but you can’t get punching power.”
“You either have punching power or you don’t, and Jon does not have that sort of punching power. Now if you look to take him down, good luck. You are going to be hit before you go in. Jon is very creative, and AJ has never been in there with someone as creative a striker as Jon, but let’s be honest here, Jon can get hit. AJ’s hardest punch is the uppercut, and I think that if they start exchanging, and they will start exchanging, he’ll knock Jon out.”
“Will it be early? Ya, I’d say within the first two rounds.”
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