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You shouldn’t be surprised by Jon Jones’s imminence.
Between 2007 and 2011, the light-heavyweight strap was successfully defended only once. Those four years saw the UFC’s light-heavyweight division become a shark tank, not reckoned to be cleaned out by a mere mortal.
But after Jon Jones pillaged Mauricio Rua for his belt in 2011, the strap would be juggled no more. "Bones" proceeded to dive headfirst into 205’s impregnable shark tank and dominate every former champ who lined up across from him.
How does Jones make elite fighters look like helpless toddlers? It helps that his tangible assets are freakish. Most notably, the New Yorker’s 84.5-inch reach, as listed on his Wikipedia, makes albatrosses gawk.
And Jones knows how to harness his hyperbolic limbs. He employs a diverse striking attack, keeping his foes on the outside of his range with far-reaching kicks and a pinpoint jab. You also might have seen Jones’ handy work with his elbows. Stephan Bonnar has.
His striking ability aside, Jon Jones relies heavily on his wrestling. Jones has a tendency to take down his opponents, often with majestic Judo throws, and then rearrange their faces with elbow strikes once they’re grounded.
Jones’s college wrestling career isn’t prestigious, but it doesn’t reflect his magnificence. As UFC.com tells, "Bones" has succeeded in 22 takedowns in his UFC career. Conversely, he hasn’t been taken down. Not once. He’s the veteran of 11 UFC bouts, most against elite competition, and he has never hit the mat against his will.
So, Jones dictates where the fight will take place, as dominators do. It hardly matters where he takes it though; he’ll have an advantage whether he chooses to keep the fight standing or to throw his foe like a ragdoll to the canvas.
Even more, entrusting Greg Jackson as his tactician ensures Jones will come into each fight with an added advantage.
Jones has smelled trouble just once since clutching the belt: during the first round of his bout with Lyoto Machida. The champion, however, quelled the karate master’s pesky attack with a cinematic standing-guillotine choke that sent Machida, unconscious, tumbling towards the blood-soaked canvas.
Jones’s list of victims includes Ryan Bader, Mauricio Rua, Lyoto Machida, Quinton Jackson, and Rashad Evans. He’s finished four of those monsters. What names the young man has vanquished already! Dan Henderson, barring a patented "H-bomb," is next.
Jon’s reach, athleticism, and skill set seem unsolvable, and I don’t expect any challengers to solve the puzzle for years to come.