cdaburnab Posted August 31, 2012 Report Share Posted August 31, 2012 We all know the odds are greatly in Jones favor for this fight, however I think a lot of people are overlooking Vitor's chances of winning this thing and pulling arguably the biggest upset in MMA history. So I put together a small list of reasons why Vitor should not be overlooked, and why he can topple the champ. 1: Pressure - Jon Jones is young, and with most young fighters they make mistakes. From his recent DUI to signing a big deal with Nike, to a ton of hate from MMA fighters/fans/media, his publicist quitting publicly sighting he's hard to deal with, he is under a ton of pressure. He's got so much going on in his life at the moment that if there was ever a time he would crack under pressure, this would be it. 2: Over Training - Jones was scheduled to fight September 1st. Now its easy for a fan to brush off a few weeks of hard training, but in that time anything can happen. Stretching the weight cut for a few extra weeks, to adapting to a different fighter can take its toll. With his fight pushed back three weeks, he could easily get exhausted and tired from training so much, and losing some weight, only to put it back on to lose it again. 3: Soutpaw - As crafty as Jones is he's never fought a top level southpaw fighter. Vitor has "hands of steel" that can turn the lights out of any foe in an instant. Switching from Dan Henderson's right handed H-Bomb to Vitor's left handed Holy Grenade can surely be a tough test to overcome. Vitor also has arguably the fastest hands in MMA, as well as a vicious left uppercut. 4: 205 - While Vitor hasn't fought at 205 in a while, and many believe he holds too much muscle mass at this weight, it's simply not true. In the past when Vitor fought at 205 training camps were no where near the level of effectiveness as they are now. Vitor is an "old school" fighter, however he's adapted to ways of new such as The Dolce Diet. He's no longer struggling to make weight, he's going to make 205 with ease, and I believe we'll see the absolute best 205'lb version of Vitor ever. 5: Training Partners - Rashad Evans is the only man to go 5 rounds with Jones, and knows his style more so then any other fighter. If there was one person you'd want to train with to prepare for Jones it would most likely be Evans, and that's exactly what Vitor is doing. In fact Jones even took to his twitter account to diss Evans over training with Vitor. On top of that Vitor has been training wrestling for a long time. Overall this fight is looking more and more interesting and appealing to MMA fans everywhere. The Young Lion vs The Old Lion is a testament of time in every sport. If Jones win's he's still got some top notch competition, if Vitor wins the possibilities are endless. A rematch vs Dan Henderson would be an amazing fight for fans everywhere, as well as a war with Shogun. The most obvious expectation from Jones is to take Vitor down, beat him up, try and make him gas like he has in his earlier years so he can finish him within three rounds, but I believe his new training techniques, and BJJ still make Vitor a big threat on the ground. On top of that if it gets close up against the cage Vitor has Muay Thai training, and Karate credentials as well. I seriously believe Vitor is being severely overlooked in this fight. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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