UFC 135 Picks: The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be celebrating its 135th event this Saturday night when Jon Jones [-600] takes on Quinton Jackson [+400] on the main event of the night and with the UFC Light Heavyweight title on the line. Jackson, a 4-1 underdog in this fight, will have to do something extraordinary if he’s going to walk out of that cage holding the belt. In fact, Rampage will have to do something no other man has been able to do: solve the enigma simply known as “Bones”.
Coming in with a 13-1-0 record in his MMA career, Jones is actually undefeated. Keep in mind that the“1” you see in his ledger came as a disqualification for throwing illegal elbows while destroying Matt Hamill during The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale in 2009. But not only is Jones undefeated thus far, but his victories have come in spectacular, dominant fashion.
Of his 13 professional fights, 11 of those have come either via knockout (2), technical knockout (6) or submission (3). Jones has risen to the top of a stacked weight division by obliterating names like: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Ryan Bader, Vladimir Matyushenko, Brandon Vera, Jake O'Brien and Stephan Boners, just to name a few.
The scariest part about Jonny “Bones” Jones is that the kid is only 24 years of age! With a strong wrestling base, an ever evolving, imaginative striking game and all the athleticism in the world with his 6’4” 205-pound frame, Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history at UFC 128 last March. In what was supposed to be a showdown between two excellent Muay Thai specialists, Jones handedly issued Shogun the most embarrassing loss of prosperous MMA career.
After a hand injury spoiled the anticipated August fight against former teammate Rashad Evans, Jones is now set to defend his title for the first, of the many times he’s expected to do successfully. In his way will be a guy with all the experience in the world, but lacks a boatload of skills against a guy like Jones. Primarily known as a heavy-handed knockout artist, Rampage will go into this fight with a puncher’s chance and not much else.
Can Rampage pull off the biggest upset of his career in a fight that appears to be the most challenging ever? I find it very hard to believe Rampage can walk out of that cage without having his lights turned off or completely dominated. Not only is he one dimensional, but he also has a huge reach disadvantage, will not be able to stop the takedown, and hasn’t knocked anybody out since the George W. Bush administration.
My UFC 135 Picks for this fight is, of course, Jon Jones…I would be very surprised if this fight even goes the distance. If it does, the win will be unanimous in favor of Jones.
Here’s the rest of the UFC 135 Betting Odds:
UFC 135 Main Card:
Jon Jones [-600] vs Quinton Jackson [+400]
Matt Hughes [+300] vs Josh Koscheck [-500]
Travis Browne [-340] vs Rob Broughton [+260]
Nate Diaz [-240] vs Takanori Gomi [+190]
Ben Rothwell [-300] vs Mark Hunt [+240]
UFC 135 Prelims Betting Odds:
Tony Ferguson [-350] vs Aaron Riley [+275]
Nick Ring [+120] vs Tim Boetsch [-150]
Junior Assuncao [-115] vs Eddie Yagin [-115]
Takeya Mizugaki [-225] vs Cole Escovedo [+185]
James Te Huna [-150] vs Ricardo Romero [+120]