Reading temperature of Jones-Machida bout

The champion, Jon (Jones) Bones (right) does some friendly sparring Wednesday at the Xtreme Couture...

The champion, Jon (Jones) Bones (right) does some friendly sparring Wednesday at the Xtreme Couture Gym in Toronto. (DAVE ABEL/Toronto Sun)

NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:00 PM ET

Jon Jones looks to defend his UFC light-heavyweight championship for the second time as he meets former title-holder Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 on Saturday.

The betting odds have Jones as a heavy favourite, but how do the pros see the fight going? I asked five current fighters, one retired UFC champion and an octagon girl to weigh in.

GEORGES ST. PIERRE, UFC welterweight champion

“I think Jon Jones will win, but Machida’s got a very unusual style. It’s going to be interesting. (Machida) has a chance. He’s from a karate background, which is pretty different and very unusual.”

CARLOS CONDIT, UFC welterweight

“I think Jones is going to waste him. I’m saying it because I train with him and I know what he’s capable of. The guy’s a freak. He’s constantly improving. I know Machida’s good, but Jones is going to kill him.”

SAM STOUT, UFC lightweight

“I think it’s going to be an interesting fight because Machida is a really elusive guy. He’s really hard to hit and he’s so quick at coming in and landing his strikes. He’ll wait for his opportunity to do it. But I think Jon Jones is just too athletic, too well-rounded, too strong — he’s really just too much of everything for Machida.”

JAKE SHIELDS, UFC welterweight

“I’ve got to favour Jones, but I sure don’t want to count Machida out. I think he gives him a lot of trouble with his awkward style.”

JOHN MAKDESSI, UFC lightweight

“(Jones) has a phenomenal reach. His reach is ridiculous. I don’t know how (Machida) is going to handle the reach. Not too many guys are able to. What makes Jon Jones so good is he has that crazy reach, he knows how to use it and he’s a very dynamic fighter. He’s still learning. That’s what makes him dangerous. For Machida, it’s going to be hard to fight a guy like that.”

CARLOS NEWTON, former UFC welterweight champion

“I’ll take Jones. He’s just a solid fighter. It may not be Machida’s night to fight. Right now, everything favours Jones. Physically, the guy is a specimen.”

BRITTNEY PALMER, UFC octagon girl

“I’m a Jones fan, but honestly, I just want to see a really good fight. I’m really bad at betting and choosing who is going to win.”


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