Jones wrapped up the decision in his favor in his 3rd title defense vs former teammate Rashad Evans in his first five round war to date. While Jones demonstrated his usual craftiness and ability to pick away at his opponents weaknesses, the fight was probably the most lackluster of his more recent title defenses, though it was a decisive victory.
Of all of Jones’ prior challengers, he has found a way to dismantle their game-plans and pick them apart in the octagon. When he first won the title, he did it in dominant fashion TKO’ing Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. He then defended the title vs Rampage Jackson and wrapped him up in a rear naked choke in the fourth. Lyoto Machida was expected to give Jones a run for his money with his effective striking and countering abilities, but Jones finished Machida with a gruesome guillotine that left Machida falling limp in round two. Rashad had been touted as the man who could possibly takedown Jones (who still maintains his 100% takedown defense in the UFC stat) and Evans claimed he knew how to finish him…no such luck.
At 41 years of age, most would think the former Greco-Roman Olympic wrestler would be over-the-hill and on his way out. For an anomaly like Henderson, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Since moving to light heavyweight in late 2010, Henderson has not lost a fight. His most recent wins include a TKO over Fedor Emelianenko and an epic war with Rua that has already gone down in UFC history as the number one fight of all time. Henderson was a perfect 3-0 in 2011 and always brings the threat of dangerous one-punch knockout power.
Many questions remain…Will Hendo bring the heavy-handed hammer that can bring down Jones? Will he be the first man to finally bring down the elusive one inside the octagon? Can anyone figure out the mystery that is Jon Jones? Only time will tell.