UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey marked the beginning of Jon "Bones" Jones reign as UFC light heavyweight champion.
The decimation of former UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua by "Bones" was a vision of stand-up brilliance. Incorporating a variety of strikes from various angles and planes by Jones led to a third round TKO of Rua.
Now, with Jones as champion, UFC match maker Joe Silva is responsible for Jones' opponents in the upcoming months.
Assuming Joe Silva's role, I have created a hypothetical list of Jon Jones next five opponents. This list is based on a number of large assumptions. First, the order of the list is predicated on Jon Jones remaining undefeated and defending his UFC title.
Secondly, my list assumes that Jones' opponents also remain undefeated and are willing to accept a fight with the current light heavyweight champion.
The last assumption I have made is that I share in the same thought processes of Joe Silva with respect to whom he feels would be the greatest match-up for Jones and for the business of the UFC.
All three assumptions are very big, yet I feel confident in how these next five fights will play out. Jon Jones is the next evolution of mixed martial arts and his talents and abilities will continue to grow and flourish in the UFC. Please follow along and assume Joe Silva's role with me.
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