So far, the story of the fights in this latest chapter of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ career has been his youth and dynamism against the experience and wiliness of his opponents.
Jones took the title from Pride FC veteran Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last Spring and then made his first title defense against another Pride veteran and former UFC champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Rua and Jackson both believed that their massive advantage in experience would carry them to victory over the 24-year-old, and in both fights Jones’ exuberance and unpredictability dramatically overcame the gulf in experience.
Bones is set to make his next title defense against another former champion in Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and the story here remains the same.
“Where I feel my biggest advantage would be is my youth and versatility and the way I approach the sport,” Jones asserts.
Sticking to the script, Machida predicts that his experience will likely give him an edge on fight night.
“It’s hard to say like that, but maybe my experience will speak louder in this fight. I’m not sure,” says The Dragon.
We’ll find out if experience will trump youth this time around at UFC 140, which goes down on December 10 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.