Jon Jones was strongly favored to emerge victorious in his clash with Ryan Bader at UFC 126 this evening, and he showed why that was the case with a dominant display.
Much of the talk leading up to this fight was about whether Bader could take down Jones, but it was his opponent that took him down within the opening minute of the fight.
From their Jones appeared to be manhandling the wrestler, and had him in an unorthadox choke from side control for some time before Bader escaped and got back to his feet. From their the first flashy move from Jones came in the form of a head-kick which landed, but Bader shrugged it off.
Another takedown towards the end of the round and some of the nasty elbows that have become one of his trademarks ensured this was a good opening round for the much hyped ‘Bones.’
The second round was fought largely on the feet with Jones pacing himself but gradually building up momentum with a number of solid leg kicks in particular giving him the edge, while Bader was beginning to resort to a powerful overhand right that was falling wide of the mark.
Suddenly the fight hits the mat again with Jones on top. Waisting no time he locks in a tight guillotine choke which forces the tap with just 40 seconds left in the round.