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At this point, it's become something of a question that we already know the answer to: can any light heavyweight in the world beat Jon Jones?
Of course, with this being mixed martial arts, the proper answer is that nobody (except for perhaps Anderson Silva) is truly unbeatable, and anything can happen. Anyone can get caught with a punch behind the ear that throws off their balance, making it easy for their opponent to pounce (just ask Cain Velasquez). They could also suffer a freak injury during a fight, or they just come out flat and off their game, giving their opponent a better chance to win than they'd usually have.
But this being mixed martial arts, we must also recognize that Jones is nearing that level where it's going to be flat-out impossible for anyone to truly believe that any of his opponents have a real chance at dethroning the champion. The only other fighters on that level are Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre, with Jose Aldo just on the outside looking in.
The year 2013 could give us more of the same. Jones is rightfully expected to steamroll through Chael Sonnen, but it's the fight after Sonnen that might provide the best chance for any fighter to beat Jones. That fight, of course, is one with Daniel Cormier, but that's all dependent on Cormier beating Frank Mir on April 20 and then making a safe cut to light heavyweight (which I'll discuss in another slide).
If, a year or so from now we look back at 2013 as yet another dominant year for Jones, would you be surprised? I wouldn't.