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Shogun vs Jones - Who You Got?

Well the fight of the year(so far) is coming up. Jones will step up and challenge the great legend Shogun Rua.

Jones biggest hurdle in this fight will be dealing with Shogun mentally. It was only 4 years ago Rua was number 1, he was regarded as the best at 205 and it was justifiable as Rua was destroying all comers in Pride, winner the toughest Tournament in MMA to date.

Rua has the best stand up at 205 bar none, so Jones is going to have his hands full in this one. I think Jones will have a hard time dealing with Shoguns timing. The fight will hit the floor at some point but Jones is going to have to stand with Rua, that's where he's getting beat up. Jones has holes in his stand up, he keeps his hands low and tries flashy moves (spinning elbow) and has gotten away with doing them. Shogun however is one the best at counter striking and pointing out his opponents flaws and exploiting them. Just like in the Machida fight, you come running in against Rua you'll get knocked out.

I'm not saying this is going to be an easy fight for Shogun, it's his toughest test to date. Jones is in great shape and has a very good camp behind him. Obviously Jackson will have a game plan for Jones and it will go something like this: Take the fight down. He will at some take Rua down with his superior wrestling and size advantage. Jones has been able to bust guys up on the ground, we've seen how skilled he is. He has very good guard passes and is very hard to control because of his size. He also has some nice subs to go with his brutal ground and pound so Rua will have to be on top for this. Jones game plan happens to play into Ruas game tho, trading subs with Rua isn't a good idea. Mater of fact, you might as well not fight  Shogun because you can't beat him standing and he'll rip you up on the ground.

That's just my opinion, I think Jones is the future of the lhw division, maybe even heavyweight but it's not his time right now. I just feel where the fight goes, Rua will have the advantage. On the feet Shogun has the advantage, on the ground I also see Shogun getting the sub. Jones biggest hurdles will be dealing with Ruas timing, and how he reacts mentally when things aren't going his way. If he breaks, he's done, but if he can push through it, and knows he has what it takes, we could see a real war.


BTW- Shogun WILL be in shape, the title means is everything to him. Who you got?

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