UFC 152 Results: 5 Fights for Jon Jones to Take
Though he faced an early scare from Belfort, Jones fought through it en route to a dominant performance. He carved Belfort up with nasty elbows, dropped him with a body shot at one point and submitted a respectable grappler with a rarely used keylock.
Here are five possible fights he can take from here.
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Jon Jones' original opponent at UFC 151 was supposed to be Dan Henderson. But obviously that did not happen due to Hendo's injury.
This is still a feet we need to see. Henderson's power and wrestling are a great test for Jones, even though many people think this would be a route.
I would love to see if Jones could stay away from Hendo's right hand.
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Rashad Evans probably needs a fight before he rematches Jon Jones, but it's definitely a fight that is still interesting to me.
Though the long buildup to their first fight got stale from their lame insults, the fight definitely attracted a lot of attention and made good money.
I still think Evans is a credible opponent, especially due to his Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz-type of relationship with Jones. It is intriguing, and, to me, their rivalry is the modern day Liddell-Ortiz beef.
Winner of Mauricio Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson
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UFC on Fox in December has a bout between top 205-pounders Mauricio Rua and Alexander Gustafsson. To me, this sounds like a good top contender fight.
Rua is the man that Jones stole the belt from, while Gustafsson is the surging young international star. Both men possess good enough games to give Jones a fight.
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The two best fighters in the world need to face each other, though this is a long shot.
Anderson Silva is a dynamic striker with good all-around skills. Jon Jones is a creative striker with great wrestling, ground and pound and submission skills.
This pay-per-view fight would be the biggest event in UFC history if it happened. It would create huge pay-per-view numbers and be an all-time classic.
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Say what you will about Chael Sonnen, but the man can sell a fight. Already in a war of words with Jones, this fight would be a huge sell.
Sonnen has a fight right now in Forrest Griffin, but with the number of contenders dwindling due to Jones' dominance, Sonnen is definitely in the picture.
The only thing Sonnen would have to offer is his power double leg, but it's worth a shot. It's definitely a fight I would pay to see.