Jon Jones and Junior Dos Santos were both heading into pivotal fights in their respective careers tonight. Dos Santos was fighting fellow Brazilian contender Gabriel Gonzaga, while Jones was going to square off against fellow light-heavyweight Brandon Vera.
Junior Dos Santos cemented his place amongst top heavyweights Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez, Frank Mir, and Shane Carwin with his TKO win over Gonzaga. JDS swung a flush left hook that timed perfectly with Gonzaga's side kick, and the rest was history.
Jon Jones did what he always does. As soon as he and Vera touched gloves, Jones got into the clinch and took Vera down. After Vera managed to kick him off, Jones did it again.
After a wayward illegal upkick landed in the face of Jones, the fight was resumed in it's prior position.
Jon Jones then threw a nasty elbow into Brandon Vera's right eye socket, which caused Vera to cover up and Jones seized the opportunity to end the fight.
The results of both fights weren't unexpected, although the endings came faster than expected. Now the question is, what's next for either of them?
Junior Dos Santos fights in a stacked heavyweight division. This stacked heavyweight division coincidentally has another top contender without a fight scheduled. Come on down, Cain Velasquez.
That matchup would be a great fight, especially standing up, as both fighters can give punches and take them as well. The fight would also be interesting due to the fact that Cain Velasquez beat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who is JDS's trainer at Black House. Junior Dos Santos would look to avenge his mentor's loss.
It would be interesting for Cain Velasquez as well, because a win would most certainly propel him into top contendership status.
Jon Jones finds himself in a peculiar position. He just got the biggest win of his young career, and now finds himself without an obvious opponent to look forward to. Doubtless, Joe Silva will find him a great matchup. For now though, how about a fight with James Irvin?
True, James Irvin fights at 185, but for a man his size, it's very unhealthy for him to cut so much weight. Joe Rogan commented on how unhealthy he looked. What better person to take a fight with Jon Jones and kill some of his momentum?
Obviously, this is all speculation, but they are both matchups that I think could work out. Pay attention in the next few days for news on these fighters.