We're finally near the end of having to talk about how Jon Jones portrays himself in the public eye and more about what he does inside the Octagon. At least, I hope we are.
Jones will take on Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 on September 22 as part of a main card that also features Benavidez/Johnson, Bisping/Stann, Hamill/Hollett and Swanson/Oliveira. Of course nothing is certain and at this point I wouldn't be surprised if one of those top names pulls out of the fight an hour before it is supposed to take place.
For now, let's focus on the positive. The card is in good shape to move forward and we have one of the greatest fighters the sport has ever seen fighting in the main event.
"Bones" flew up the ranks with record speed. He had six professional fights (6-0) before getting his shot with the UFC. Those six fights took place within a span of four months. Two of the six wins were decided by a knockout within 36 seconds.
You will find four of his six pre-UFC fights here in this slideshow. The other two fights (Anthony Pina and Parker Porter) are nowhere to be found anywhere on the internet. If you have access to those two fights, please contact me and I will add them and credit you for finding the fight. Please be aware that a simple search will yield a positive result for both those fights, but they are mislabeled.
As you watch these, take note as to how fast Jones appears to evolve from each fight. Enjoy, and let's hope the 152 card stays intact.
Joe Chacon is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and a staff writer for Operation Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.
Jon Jones with his fresh 0-0 record took on the 0-2 Brad Bernard in Boxborough, MA.
Quite honestly, Bernard looks like somebody who you and I would have a puncher's chance against. My favorite part of the fight comes at the 1:43 mark of the video where Jones rolls him over, celebrates, and then continues to finish the fight.
One week after Jones' pro debut he traveled to Atlantic City, NJ to face Carlos Eduardo. Eduardo turned out to be a formidable opponent at the time and took the future UFC champ to the third round.
It's great to hear the commentators say about Jones, "I don't know much about him." It's crazy how much can change over the course of a few years.
This 14-second TKO (which appears to be officiated by a Roy Nelson impersonator) catapulted Jones to his first title shot within the pro ranks.
Amazingly enough, the video quality for these type of obscure pro MMA promotions has not improved very much since 2008.
Jon Jones took on Moyses Gabin for the USKBA Light Heavyweight Championship on July 7, 2008. Who would have known that just three years later he would have the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship belt around his waist?
Jones puts the finishing touches on the fight at the 8:05 mark of the video. This is followed by the ring announcer announcing the new champion as "Jon 'Sexual Chocolate' Jones".
He's come a long way in a very short period of time.