Here we go again. Seems like every few months or so, a new opponent appears on the Light Heavyweight
scene and a segment of hopeful fans begin the rumbling..."Here he is. This is the one for sure."
We've heard it before. Seems like that certain segment of fans are always looking for their new Messiah.
I'm a big Jon Jones
fan but I consider myself objective enough to access fighters skills without typical fan bias.
It goes without saying, no fighter is unbeatable. Let's get that out of the way first.
Next, the question is whether Tex is the man with the answers.
In my opinion, Jones is perhaps the most exceptional fighter in MMA today. His combination of athleticism, talent, and physical gifts put him at the top of the proverbial food chain in the MMA right now.
I could go into great detail about Jones skills but I think that should be pretty clear to most fans by now.
At the risk of dashing the hopes of the hopefuls out there once again, I'm going to make my usual statement about Glover Teixeira
that I have about every other Jon Jones opponent so far.
This guy is not bringing anything that Jones can't handle.
Its going to take a heck of a lot more than a big punch and a hungry mind set to beat Jones. In my view, too many fans get carried away by what they describe as a fighter's heart, their eagerness, their attitude, their sincerity, etc. Sure it's important. Yet as valuable as all these qualities are, they don't mean much without the skills. First and foremost, show me the skills because all the heart and sincerity in the world doesn't mean much if the fighter doesn't have the necessary skills.
My assessment of Teixeira - he's a big, strong, talented fighter. However, quite frankly, I don't see him as having much more to offer than Victor Belfort when one breaks down the skills in his arsenal.
His strengths: heavy hands and presumably black belt caliber ground skills.
Weaknesses: Tex is neither the quickest or athletic fighter I've seen. In his last fight, he appeared to be somewhat slow and clumsy at times. I could not overlook the fact that his opponent, even after enduring a hard beating was able to find Glover's chin and hurt him. Texeira's cardio and his chin are still a question mark in my opinion.
In short, I'm far from convinced that he is the fighter who is the answer for the "Jon Jones Conundrum".
I must say that I have been very slow when it comes to being the fan that jumps on the media hype train and it has served me well so far in my picks against Lesnar, Lombard, and most recently in the match between Jon Fitch
and Erick Silva
. I'm not afraid to go against the fan frenzy and the media hype in favor of my own observations and instincts about fighters.
Although I compliment the author of the "Glover Teixeira the answer to the Jon Jones Conundrum" on a well written piece, I must criticize the title. The inference is simply premature. Ironically, for all the examples of premature expectations that I and the author himself have pointed out - here we go again, putting the cart before the horse.
In my opinion, Mr Texiera and his fans should be more concerned with how he performs against Rashad Evans
, Rampage Jackson, Alexander Gustafsson
, Victor Belfort and other top UFC fighters before speculating about whether ole Tex is the answer to the Jones conundrum.