Jon Jones (center); photo cred: lasvegassun.com
A unique combination of youthful exuberance and creativity, Jon Jones looks to be a man that can hold onto the light heavyweight crown for a long, long time.
A collegiate wrestler, Jones entered the sport with little at his disposal, using solely his athleticism and quick learning skills to adapt and prosper.
In less than a year's time, Jones made his way inside the Octagon where in his initial outing against Andre Gusmao, "Bones" displayed an unorthodox array of strikes, with spinning backfists, elbows, knees and kicks all at his disposal.
Now, Jones has refined his skills in such a way that he is now recognized as the UFC's 205-pound champion, where in 2011 the 24 year old went from contender to title holder.
Given his reach, size and continued learning curve, Jones is the man to beat and looks to have all the gusto to stay atop for a long while.