There is no shortage of hype when it comes to talking about UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones, and the 24-year-old has the entire MMA world not only reflecting on his past accomplishments but also on what lies ahead in his future, which will see him taking on Rashad Evans at UFC 145.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan talked about the youngest UFC champion on his latest podcast along with BJJ black belt Eddie Bravo.
"Jon Jones looks like a Muhammad Ali right now," Rogan said. "He looks like a Mike Tyson. He looks like a Sugar Ray Leonard when he was in his prime. He looks like one of these dudes—man this dude is just going to start dominating the world, you know, he's already dominating the world, he's already destroying Shogun and winning the title and taking out Rampage and taking out Machida and putting him to sleep."
Jones' biggest challenge so far might just come against his former training partner in Evans, who was a former light heavyweight champion before he lost the title to Machida in 2009.
Since that loss, Evans has gone to to defeat Tito Ortiz, Rampage, Phil Davis and Thiago Silva. When he was set to face Rua for the title at UFC 128, an injury forced him out of the fight. Jones stepped in as a replacement and won the title in dominant fashion.
"What if you were in a coma the last five years and you woke up, and people are trying to fill you in on this Jon Jones guy, and they're just telling you exactly what you just said—all the guys that he destroyed," Bravo said. "You would be blown away."
Jones' year ended with him submitting Machida at UFC 140. It was his fourth win that year, which many consider to be one of the best single year of any mixed martial artist.
"I mean he's just on another level man and what is he, like 24 or something like that? He's the youngest guy to ever win the UFC title," Rogan continued. "Yeah, he's 24 and every time you see him you see just giant leap in his progress, at that age, god damn you can learn quick. God damn when you're fully dedicated and intelligent as he is."
The pay-per-view event will go down at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday. Other bouts on the card include Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills, Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell, Michael McDonald vs. Miguel Torres, Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin and Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio.