But the reach really doesn't matter one bit. You realise that he fights from outside everyone's reach. His natural fighting distance would be outside of Struve's reach. The distance won't be different because of Bones' reach. If Lyoto's style was to stay on the end of a guy's reach you'd have a point, but he fights 2 - 3 ft away from a guy to force them to take a step.
1) Bones would have to make a much smaller step in, compared to other fighters Machida has faced.
2) Even if he fought from Struve's distance, he'd still have to leap in like he always does, when he goes on the attack (rarely) .Reach may not play a factor for most opponents, but this is a huge Reach we're talking about.....Rua practically had to run a marathon to reach Jones, and he has a longer reach than Machida.
His whole style revolves around getting guys to close that distance and intercepting them with a knee or short cross. Given Jones' love of running and guys and jumping in with kicks I can see that working out well on the feet.
Agreed. He's a counter attacker and Jone's wild style might play into that. One thing to note is it's alot different counter attacking something totally unorthodox.
Now Rampage, a great wrestler traditionally, is no NCAA champion, but he spent the WHOLE match trying to keep Lyoto against the cage and get takedowns, and it really didn't work well.
It worked enough to get a bullshit decision. I dont think Jones is a better wrestler than Rampage...all i'm saying is if he gets Lyoto in the same position Rampage did, it's going to be a whole lot tougher than just standing there ...Jones is going to take him down with ease.