50calReaper wrote:I got the impression that both fighters were trying to finish in the beginning, but them Evans got smashed a few times and then from around halfway through Round 3 and above RASHAD fought not to get finished and at that point Jones already had him severely beaten (at least in points) and it would be stupid for him to rush forward and run into an overhand from Evans. But even then, Jones was still pressing forward and instigating the majority of the exchanges and getting off with some nice strikes. There's not much you can do when your opponent is backpedaling and strafing to the left and right (you know, running) for the whole rest of the fight. I agree that it's sometimes boring when champions do that, but they have a legacy, a belt, and a lot of money at stake and satisfying the fans with a finish when you already have the fight won isn't really at the top of their list of priorities. There's always two sides to a story. Although sometimes fighters overdo it.
For example, if you have somebody beaten so badly and with your given skill set you could easily fit in a headkick as they're turning their head away from you and finish it, why let the fight drag out? This example is pretty open but specifically, I am talking about the GSP/Koscheck fight. Koscheck couldn't really see out of his left eye and GSP had a clear striking advantage, yet it seemed like he was perfectly content with jabbing his way to a victory, though the whole time a switch kick to the head was wide open. Despite this...he never really attempted to try for it. When it comes to the Jones/Evans fight though...Jones was out-striking Rashad but he didn't have him beat like GSP did with Koscheck. It's unrealistic to demand a fighter like Jones to go after a fighter like Rashad in that situation. He was still very much in the fight and dangerous, but was way behind on points.
I agree with this. Jones OBVIOUSLY finishes when it feels right to him, but he didn't with Rashad. he's the one in the cage with Rashad so he's seeing things we're not. I think he did fine. He did end up fighting a bit conservatively but nothing ridiculous like you mentioned with the Koscheck/GSP fight.
Now if bones from here on out starts L n Ping his opponents and wins UDs his next few fights then we can say something about it but lets look at his recent record excluding Rashad. All in order.
Machida- guillotine choke, 2nd round
Shogun - TKO
Ryan Bader - Guillotine choke, 2nd round
Vladimir Matyushenko- TKO rd 1
Brandon Vera- TKO round 1
Matt Hamil (this might as well be considered a 1st round TKO for Jones)
jake O'Brien- Guillotine choke, round 2