Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Right now, this is the matchup that matters most, isn't it?
Newly minted heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez wrecked Junior dos Santos at UFC 155, and there is no question he is the No. 1 heavyweight in the world right now.
I feel in bulking up to heavyweight, Jones will probably lose a little speed and agility, but I still think he holds the edge in this regard against Velasquez.
Now, Velasquez's striking is criminally underrated in my opinion, but I still think Jones can use his reach and pick Cain apart with kicks and straight punches.
This, however, is a catch-22 for "Bones." He does not want to end up on his back against the heavyweight champion, so kicking is not necessarily the greatest idea—there's no need to make his job easier, after all.
Still, Jones is no slouch in the wrestling department either, and he could potentially hold his own and avoid Cain's attempts to drag him to the ground.
Here's a number for you: 16.
Sixteen times Jones' opponents have attempted to take him down inside the Octagon, 16 times they have failed.
Velasquez, however, is the biggest and arguably most technical wrestler Jones will have faced, so that fact could certainly ruin this perfect run.
I think this fight is more winnable for "Bones" than a matchup with Overeem, but I still think Velasquez uses his incredible strength and wrestling to grind Jones down and eventually pound him out.
Prediction: Velasquez via TKO (Round 3)