Originally Posted by dbader08
^Exactly. Jon Jones does not have the best striking in the LHW division.
Imagine if guys like Shogun and Machida had an 85 inch reach...
Isn't the concept of great striking all about using your tools to your best advantage? People who are naturally faster utilize better technique to make up for their power loss, people who are stronger throw harder shots to make up for their speed deficit, and people who have longer reach utilize their reach to keep their opponents at bay while covering up the holes in their striking game. Technique can't be the only determination of "great" striking, since its common that more technical boxers loose to faster/stronger boxers, and vice versa.
I say that Jones has the best striking in the division because he tools everyone on the feet its that simple. One can hypothesize for days about whether or not his striking would be good if not for his reach advantage, but that requires the assumption that he would fight the same way with smaller arms. Imo the best striker is the one who is most successful at landing significant strikes on their opponent, but thats just my interpretation.
Jones Era >> Machida Era
Favorite fighters: Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, BJ Penn, Melvin Gulliard, Jose Aldo, Dominic Cruz