I wouldn't underestimate Jones chin though. Especially if he has extra bulk and doesn't cut weight. Maybe does a lot of neck rolls leading up. He might surprise some people with his ability to take a punch. (obviously I wont be surprised if Francis just flatlined him either)
Jones has a solid chin. Nothing crazy but it clear as day he can take a shot. Probably from growing up w 2 older brothers who were superior athletes lol.
I picked against JJ a cpl times and rooted against him a lot more. Gus 1 (knew he'd lose 2) and Reyes, guys like JJ w/ his level of boxing, will struggle vs ppl his size. JJ came up on old goods. I was 50/50 on Machida vs JJ, might of picked Machida. Think one of last times I rooted for Brazilian to win mma fight vs american.
JJ got to experience Classic MMATycoon hype streaking vs the old degrading fighters on decline style.
Old MW Vitor
Old MW Sonnen
Old Machida who went to MW
Old Rashad who eventually went to MW
Old Rampage before he officially got fat
Who has he beaten in their primes? DC, Gus, Smith, Santos*, Reyes*
I'm sure I'm missing fighters. All that said, huge props to JJ for taking his last 3 fights. Virtual unknowns in the world of MMA, all 3, and JJ did what champs are not known to do by fighting each of them.
How many times has Usman defended his belt? JJ defended his belt 3 times since his last DUI and trying desperately get that $ fight before he retires lol.
Also knows he beats Ngannou most ppl put him back on his GOAT spot that he very much misses.
and controversy in 2 out 3 of those fights and still fought all 5 rounds, found way to win, never quit despite clearly getting hurt and damaged in Santos and Reyes fights.
Love em or hate em, got to respect the game man.