It was the first time we ever saw the young champion Jon Jones in trouble, as he battled former champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 140. The bout would end in a dominating fashion however with the champ retaining his title after putting “The Dragon” to sleep via guillotine in the last minute of round 2.
In the build-up to UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans, you can bet that the fellow former champion took notes of Machida’s first round success. Evans has already hinted in his analysis of the champ that he will need to stay tight and not in the outside range of Jones. Evans used the Jones vs. Jackson’s fight as an example of what can happens when you’re on the end of a punch or kick from the 85-inch reach of Jon Jones.