Jon Jones started his rise in 2011 with an amazing submission victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 126. He then got his shot against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128 and became the youngest champion to hold the light heavyweight belt.
Two title defenses against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Lyoto Machida, and Jones' rise to stardom has been epic.
You can't argue anybody is having a better year than Jones. Jones is a perfect 4-0 now in 2011, with a title victory and two title defenses which is more than anybody else can say.
It has been a meteoric rise for the light heavyweight champ. It could be an even bigger 2012 for him—with Georges St-Pierre away, Jones can become the biggest face in the UFC.
No one has climbed the ranks like Jones, who only started his MMA career less than four years ago. In that time he has improved drastically.
Jones' striking is only getting better and more creative. His wrestling, which was already great, is getting even better. The scary part is that with each fight, he is gaining more and more experience with how to handle situations.
This means that eventually we could see an unstoppable cyborg in the cage—or we already have.
Jones is only a couple fights away from being unstoppable. The only two men who could possibly beat him, Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson, are getting closer to title shots.
After tonight's beating of Machida—the man many thought would pose the biggest problems and beat Jones—it looks like everybody has their work cut out for them.
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