UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones and the Top 10 Light Heavyweights in the UFC

Adam OsterkampContributor IIISeptember 25, 2011

UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones and the Top 10 Light Heavyweights in the UFC

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    After his impressive win against "Rampage" Jackson, it looks as though there may not be anyone in the light heavyweight division who can defeat Jon "Bones" Jones.

    There is still some great talent in the weight class, however, and a lot of people who are hungry for a shot at the belt around Jones' waist.

    Read on to see who the top 10 light heavyweights in the UFC are.

No. 10 Rich Franklin

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    Rich Franklin has one of the most storied carriers in the UFC. A former history teacher who blew through the Middleweight division and took the title.

    Franklin has gone 1-1 since moving to light heavyweight, and is expected to be out for the next few months after tearing his labrum during training.

    Once he’s back, Franklin stands a good chance of moving up the ranks.

No. 9 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

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    “Little Nog” has gone 2-2 since coming to the UFC. He and Rich Franklin were supposed to face off at UFC 133, but unfortunately a shoulder injury kept Nogueira from competing.

    Nogueira has an impressive 19-5 record over all, and was very successful during his time in Pride.

    If he can stay injury free, expect a few more great battles from the grappling expert.

No. 8 Phil Davis

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    Phil Davis is undefeated in his professional career. He’s a great wrestler with knockout power and a decent submission game.

    Davis unfortunately had to pull out of his fight with Rashad Evans due to a knee injury.

    When he returns, Davis needs to start facing some top tier talent to see if he can hang with the elite fighters before making a run at the title.

No. 7 Forrest Griffin

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    After his poor performance against “Shogun” Rua, many people have started to believe Griffin is done. He doesn’t seem to have the same drive to compete that he did before.

    Griffin has even made this claim himself. Right now everyone is waiting to see what his next move will be.

    Will he come back competitive and determined to win or will he retire to write books?

No. 6 Quinton Jackson

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    Quinton “Rampage” Jackson isn’t done fighting. He is too one dimensional to compete with some of the other light heavyweights, but he still has several good fights left in him.

    After his loss to Jon “Bones” Jones, Rampage asked for a rematch with Shogun Rua.

    If Shogun suffers a loss at the hands of Dan Henderson, Rampage vs. Rua would be the right fight to make for both fighters.

No. 5 Lyoto Machida

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    With only two losses on his record many people started to count Machida out too early. It’s not too late for the Machida era to resurrect itself.

    Machida may have hurt himself within the organization, however, by asking for “Anderson Silva money” when he was asked to fight Rashad Evans in a rematch.

    Machida needs to come back and help everyone remember why he has been such a dominant fighter during his career.

No. 4 Dan Henderson

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    Dan Henderson’s career is winding down, but he is still one of the better fighters out there. While he may not have many fights left in him, Henderson still has some awesome power in his hands, which he proved when he fought Fedor.

    Henderson is set to face Shogun Rua at UFC 139, which is sure to be an awesome fighter between two of the most impressive strikers in the light heavyweight division.

No. 3 Mauricio "Shogun" Rua

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    At only 29 years of age, Shogun still has plenty of time left to regain the UFC light heavyweight championship.

    While many people have begun to count him out, Shogun has the skills to dominate for quite a few more years.

    He is set to face off against Dan Henderson at UFC 139. If he walks away with the victory he may be looking at another title shot.

No. 2 Rashad Evans

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    With only one loss in his MMA career, many people have forgotten what a force Evans truly is. He’s been the underdog in so many of his fights, but has managed to come out on top.

    After Jon Jones’ impressive display against Rampage at UFC 135, Evans is sure to once again be the underdog when the two fight.

    Evans, however, stands a very good chance of coming out the victor in this fight.

No. 1 Jon Jones

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    What else can be said about this kid? He is remarkable.

    His creativity in striking or his impressive physical advantage would be enough to win many fights, but his cool, calm composure is one of his strongest tools.

    Jones is one of the best fighters at creating a game plan and executing it. At no point during his fight with Jackson did he look shaken.

    With one title defense under his belt, Jones is set to face off against Rashad Evans next. Does Rashad have what it takes to stop Jones? Or are we going to be living in Jones’ era for quite some time?