When Americans Jon Jones and Ryan Bader step into the Octagon on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, the immediate future of the UFC's Light Heavyweight division will be on full display.
Jones (11-1) and Bader (12-0), rated as the No. 7 and No. 6 top Light Heavyweight MMA fighters in the world by Sherdog.com, would both be undefeated going into this fight had Jon Jones not been disqualified against Matt Hamill back in December of 2009.
Jones was well on his way to at least a decision victory against Hamill before delivering an illegal elbow (in a 12 to 6 motion with the point of the elbow facing vertically downward) and leaving his record with its first blemish.
This matchup is in the classic Mixed Martial Arts mold of striker (Jones) vs. wrestler (Bader). Jon "Bones" Jones has been installed as the favorite for the fight, but after sizing up both competitors, I will present you with 10 reasons not to doubt Ryan Bader in this contest.