Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Jon Jones is striving to become the greatest fighter of all time.
Yet he has balked at the idea of fighting the greatest of all time, Anderson Silva.
He also refused to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice, prior to the UFC 151 event that never was.
Be that as it may, I don't fault him for his stance on either of those fights.
Fighting and beating Silva would be a huge feather in anyone's cap. But I don't agree that it is a fight that Jones needs to take and win to cement his legacy, whatever that may be, at the end of his career.
On a side note, Silva has been equally as unreceptive to the idea as Jones. In my heart of hearts, at this point in his career, I believe Silva has more to gain from taking the fight with Jones and beating him.
Regardless, I don't fault him for not wanting to fight Silva.
I also believe to fight at the level that he needs to fight at, to continue his ascension up the pound-for-pound ranks, it doesn't behoove Jones to take any fight on short notice, particularly just a week's notice.
Although the UFC did do a bang-up job at portraying Jones as poorly as possible to the media and fans, I don't buy into the fact that the event's cancellation was his fault, and nor do I believe his decision not to fight Sonnen hurt his credibility as a fighter.
Even though I don't fault Jones for not taking the fight with Sonnen for 151, I do not believe that it is the right fight for Jones to take now.
Jon Jones is 17-1 in his career. The lone defeat was a disqualification as a result of illegal downward elbows against Matt Hamill—who had been brutalized up until that point.
In fact, I'm not sure if Jon Jones has ever lost a round. The only time I personally have ever seen him really tested was in the first round against Lyoto Machida. The fight ended in the second round with Machida unconscious on the mat, succumbing to a guillotine choke.
If Jon Jones wants to be the greatest of all time, he doesn't need to beat a natural middleweight.
He doesn't need to move up to heavyweight.
He needs to beat light heavyweights.
He needs to beat the best light heavyweights.
If Cormier is serious about fighting at 205, then he is the second-best light heavyweight in the world at this point.
He should be fighting Jon Jones.
In my opinion, based on his full body of work and the fact that no one seems to want to fight him, Glover Teixeira should be high on that list.
Dan Henderson, Jones' original opponent for UFC 151, should be high on the list.
Machida, who might be the only person to have won a round against Jones, should be high on that list.
Chael Sonnen isn't anywhere on that list, and Jon Jones knows it.
Shame on Jon Jones for not wanting to fight the best.