Jon "Bones" Jones has just successfully defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship for the first time, submitting Quinton "Rampage" Jackson with a rear-naked choke in the fourth round.
It was an extremely impressive performance on Jones' part, as he was able to out-strike Jackson, as well as dominate him on the ground.
At this point, there can be no doubting that Jones is the best light heavyweight on the planet and the most promising prospect in all of mixed martial arts.
That said, Jones wasn't quite as dominant in this fight as most thought he would be and it was definitely the most human he has looked since entering the UFC.
Before tonight, none of Jones opponents had much—if any—success in defending his takedowns, but Rampage was able to stuff most of them.
Rampage was also able to get back to his feet a couple times when Jones did take him down and he landed a few solid shots throughout the fight—in particular, some nice leg kicks.
The sky is the limit for Jones and there's no doubt in my mind that he'll continue to improve, but after tonight's performance, it's not hard to envision other fighters taking his belt.
Rampage was too slow to get inside Jones' range as much as he needed to and his defensive wrestling wasn't quite where it needed to be. He also gassed a bit towards the end of the fight.
So, if there was a fighter out there who was faster than Rampage, with better wrestling and who was in better shape, they might stand a good chance.
Rashad Evans anyone?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to take anything away from Jones here.
His performance tonight was impressive, bordering on perfection. At the same time, I believe he's lost a bit of the air of invincibility he had after he beat Mauricio "Shogun" Rua earlier this year.
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