Let’s just get this out of the way, there was no scenario in which Anthony Smith was beating Jon Jones at UFC 235. None. No matter how many times it’s run through a time machine, Jones always defeats Smith.
The main event of UFC 235 was even a bigger blowout when watching it a second time. Smith’s one and only chance to topple The King was to take the dive/win by DQ.
Smith’s one brief chance for UFC title glory came in the fourth round. Jon Jones was again playing with his food and he got bored. With less than 10 seconds to go, Jones blasted Smith with a highly illegal knee. It wasn’t even close.
Smith had one had on the mat to post himself up and Bones just blasted him with a knee to the head.
Did this influence the outcome of the fight? Hell no.
Was this Smith’s one and only chance to walk away with a win over Bones? Hell yes.
Like seemingly every action in the life of Jon Jones there is a lot of grey area. Every red blooded MMA fans worth their weight thinks knees to a grounded an opponent should be legalized.
The rule as it stands gives a huge edge to wrestlers looking for takedown after takedown. Being able to knee your opponent in the head while he’s on the ground, just adds another tool for fighters to use.
MMA is already the most violent contact sport, so why not?
The other questions that come out of this highly illegal knee from Jones is did he do it on purpose? And should Smith had laid down and taken the DQ win?
The answers to those questions will never be known. For now it’s best for everyone to watch Jones knee Smith on a loop. To the haters of Bones this will add only more fuel to the fire.
Imagine if he really did it on purpose? He’s already winning the fight and now he’s just out here cheating.
What a heel. What a GOAT.