Perhaps it's a testament to the dominance Jones (14-1) has displayed in his still-young career that a fourth-round submission of one of the world's best fighters has some wondering whether Jones is "mortal" after all. While Jackson took Jones farther than he's ever been before, Bones still controlled the action (and Rampage himself) pretty doggone thoroughly.
After tearing through the likes of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and now Rampage, Jones has proven he can hang with the best. But after watching these performances, one has to ask oneself (well, you don't HAVE to, I guess) if there's anyone out there who can defeat Jon Jones.
Names like Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis come to mind. Maybe Shogun could do it if given a rematch. Maybe Dan Henderson could get it done.
If I were forced to place a friendly wager on this, though, I'd lay my money on the man Jones is scheduled to meet in his next engagement. That would be one Mr. Rashad Evans.
Rashad has the wrestling and the stamina to really, really take Jones into the deep water (Rampage said he was going to, and tried, but didn't really do it). He has knockout power in his hands. And he has the smarts and the game-planning history to suggest he can match wits with the highly strategic Jones.
And to top it off, the two are former training partners and friends. Evans knows Jones, personally and stylistically. Is it possible he can get in Jones' head?
I'm not saying it's a sure thing. Far from it. But if there's anyone on the current landscape who stands a chance, I believe it would have to be Evans.
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