UFC 135 Results: Is Jon Jones Destined for Greatness as a Light Heavyweight?

Adam OsterkampContributor IIISeptember 25, 2011

Jones after defeating Rampage
Jones after defeating Rampage

Before Saturday night at UFC 135, Jon “Bones” Jones was an extremely dominant fighter who had gone through his fights incredibly fast and effectively to win the belt, but there were still questions.

After his performance against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson however, Jon Jones has shown everyone that he intends on staying a dominant force for quite some time in the light heavyweight division.

Bones is absolutely destined to be the greatest light heavyweight fighter in MMA’s history, let alone the UFC. His skills are currently by far and away better than anyone else's in the weight class.

Jones' career is going to be filled with lots of highlights and glory. It’s absolutely possible that he might end up being the greatest mixed martial artist in history.

Now before everyone starts yelling Anderson Silva or Georges St-Pierre’s names, I’d like to point out that Jones is only 24. He’s still a kid! He has so much time to improve himself as a fighter and as a human being.

Jones is an incredible athlete, but greatness takes more than that, much more, and Jones has it. It’s Jones’ mind that is going to make him one of the greatest fighters the world has ever seen.

This kid has his priorities straight. He’s cocky, sure, but he should be. He’s a fighter and a winner. The older Jones gets, the more he’s going to be comfortable in his own skin and as a champion.

It should go without saying that nothing is ever certain in this sport. We’ve all seen the highly touted fighters fall from grace, but if that happens with Jones it will be a very sad day for the sport.

Jones has the natural ability to be a total spectacle for all fight fans. His physical size is not enough, though. Luckily for us, Jones has the drive, determination and smarts to realize how gifted he is.

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Jones moving up to heavyweight as well. With the skills Jones has shown us thus far, it’s completely possible for him to be one of the the greatest fighters at that weight class, too.