Division: 205 lbs
Fighting Promotion: UFC
Current Record: 9-1 (5 KO)
Jon Jones is, to put it simply, an amazing fighter and an even more amazing prospect. Of course, anyone who has had any access to any form of UFC propoganda or news knows about him.
Jon Jones has quickly made a name for himself in the MMA community. He debuted in the UFC against Andre Gusmao. Despite being the underdog, Jones gave us an introduction to his unorthodox striking and beautiful Greco-Roman wrestling.
Against Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94, Jones was again the underdog, but he delivered a spectacular performance against Bonnar, using spinning elbows and spinning back kicks. He took Bonnar down a total of eight times, using a variety of trips and throws, and even once used a suplex.
We saw more of the same against Jake O'Brien at UFC 100, where he actually won via submission.
Then Jones recorded his only "loss" to date at TUF: HW Finale. Jon Jones dominated the whole first round against Matt Hamill. Matt Hamill himself is a talented wrestler, and Jones made him look like some ragged drunk you find out in the back of your favorite pub.
Towardd the end of the fight, Jones mounted Hamill and started using what we call 12-6 elbows. Apparently, for some reason, those are illegal. After what looked like a TKO win over Hamill, Jones was handed the first loss of his career via DQ.
Though he has shown that he can hang with the big boys, Jones is still a very raw talent and still has some holes that need to be addressed. For one, his cardio proved to be a big question against Stephan Bonnar towards the end of the fight.
Now that he trains with Greg Jackson, the cardio situation will probably have been solved, although it is still under scrutiny.
Next, Jon Jones has never really fought against an elite striker. A big question, for me anyways, is how will he react when he gets punched really hard in the face? Sure, he can take punches, but he fights in a division with alot of heavy hitters, and it wouldn't do any good for his stock to come crashing down around his ears when we all find out the hard way that he has a glass chin.
Jon Jones' next fight is against Brandon "The Truth" Vera, and like his nickname implies, he may be able to show us the truth about Jon Jones. Hopefully, it is good. They will meet in the octagon at UFC On Versus 1, in what will be a great fight.