Conventional wisdom dictated that reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would emerge from his UFC 145 title defense against Rashad Evans with his belt still firmly tied around his waist. Not that Evans is/was some sort of tomato can unworthy of a title shot. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Evans is a former champion in his own right and had laid waste to his own list of superstar names as he rose from polarizing TUF contestant to respected champion. But, this was Jon “Freaking” Jones who inarguably will go down in the history books as one of the most dominant fighters in the history of MMA.
Yeah, I just went there.
Again, it wasn’t so much that Jones beat Evans. After all, we all sort of suspected that such would be the case, if you had checked out MMA betting at Top Bet (Click here for more information.) But, it was the manner in which Jones toyed with Evans, keeping a fighter he clearly was better than at bay like a cat toys with a mouse before consuming it. Unfortunately for those fans looking for such punctuation to a fight that carried a deafening buzz no stoppage or submission would be had by Jones. Such is the fickle nature of fight fans. Being great is simply not enough, in order for a fighter to avoid the slings and arrows of armchair trainers a complete and utter domination of their opponite is a must.
It seems Jon Jones is feeling that cruel double standard these days. Yeah, he dominated Evans but committed the cardinal sin of failing to stop the former UFC champion. Is that an indictment of Jones’ abilities as champ? Hell no, it’s just that Evans made Jones play safe because of his considerable skill sets and tide-turning KO power. It’s just a shame that more fans don’t view the performance as evidence of Jones greatness.