I keep reading how jones taking sonnen down and dominating proves that he would do the same to silva since chael was able to take him down and hold him for five round in their first fight.
There are a few things wrong with that statement.
1 Silva has an excellent guard which he has shown against top wrestlers like sonnen and henderson. In the other hand sonnen is not used to being at the bottom in any of his fights so that is new to him. He may be used to being at the bottom in a wrestling match against someone his own weight but he is not used to at being at the bottom in a mma fight where you can punch and elbow
2 Silva has really good submission game off his back , he is a black belt and his body is really long.He has submitted people from there and his head movement is excellent as well as his striking , in his first fight against sonnen we saw how sonnen looked at the end of the fight . Sonnen in the other hand does not have a submission game , he is a shorter fights that can not submit people so jones did not have to worry about getting submitted. As a matter of fact I dont think anyone in the ufc would be afraid of chaels submission game
3 Silva has a dangerous clinch, he can inflict real damage from there . In the other hand sonnen showed how weak his clinch is last night. I bet my money silva would do more damage if he was in the same position
4 Silva is a counterstriker and he will keep his distance and wait for jones to come at him. Much like lyoto , evans and even belford did. In the other hand sonnen rush and attack jones
5 Silva is a much much better striker than sonnen so jones would not rush him and he would try to keep his distance too. Sonnen in the other hand is an inferior strikers
Even if jones takes the fight to the ground , I dont think he has faced anyone as dangerous as silva from his back. We saw how vitor was able to almost submit him. I do not think jones would be throwing elbows like that , silva has a long body and he would be much harder to hit , plus you have to worry about his submission game... Jones knows that