"We're going to have to watch Machida's speed, and his distancing is key. He's also a very creative fighter. He's very quick on the in and out. He's going to try to get past Jon's length, I'm sure, with his jumping in and jumping out style and moving side to side. We have to be extremely careful with that. He does have one-punch power, so we need to be careful of his power. He'll be very motivated because once somebody supposedly has that stature that Jon has now of this invincible machine, everybody trains really, really hard -- partly out of fear, partly out of ambition -- to take you down. I fully expect us to fight the best Machida that has ever fought, and hopefully we'll be able to get around that and those problems."
-- Greg Jackson, lead trainer for MMA superstar and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, breaks down (via Sherdog.com) the match-up between his prized pupil and man who will challenge "Bones" for the 205-pound title, Lyoto Machida, at UFC 140 on Dec. 10, 2011, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Jones camp is expecting -- and preparing -- for the greatest version of "The Dragon" we've ever seen. That's a scary thought, considering the extensive list of accomplishments the Brazilian already has. There are many who believe Machida is the man with the elusive style and unorthodox striking to match Jones punch for punch without getting overwhelmed like every other Jones opponent before him. Jackson, it seems, recognizes the strong possibility of this and is preparing accordingly. Anyone think the light heavyweight belt turns back into a hot potato at the Air Canada Centre next month?