UFC Light Heavyweight Division: Who Deserves the Title Shot?

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UFC Light Heavyweight Division: Who Deserves the Title Shot?
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Jon Jones - UFC Light Heavyweight Champion

For years the UFC light heavyweight division has been touted as the deepest and one of the most exciting divisions in MMA. You've had the greats: Liddell, Couture, and Tito all hold their reign.

Then the likes of Rampage, Wanderlei, and Shogun made their way from Pride to bolster an already stellar division. We then enter the "Ultimate Fighter" era adding Rashad Evans and Forrest Griffin, two former champions.

The division has had several claims usually resulting in Mike Goldberg or Joe Rogan announcing the new "The Fighter X Era". Remember when no one was suppose to be able to beat Lyoto Machida? Shogun Rua cut that chapter of history short.

Here we are in 2011, the light heavyweight division is currently ruled by a lanky 23-year-old that made his professional debut three years ago.

The hot button topic now is who is next to challenge Jon "Bones" Jones?

After his domination of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128, Rashad Evans appeared to be next in line. The two former teammates had begun to garner some serious hype behind their match up until it was derailed by a Jones' hand injury. Evans' opponent was quickly filled with another up and coming talent in Phil Davis.

Now with the announcement that "Bones" is healthy enough to fight and will forgo surgery, the champion awaits his next opponent.

The question is now who gets the opportunity? Here is a rundown of potential contenders.

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