As a UFC commentator said last night, "There has never been a fighter like Jon Jones before in the UFC."
Jon "Bones" Jones is only 24 years old and is already a world champion mixed martial artist. With a career record of 15-1 (9-1 in the UFC), Jones is a force to be reckoned with. His only loss came in December of 2009 when he was disqualified in a fight against Matt Hamill, and many UFC fans don't even count that loss.
With a background in Muay Thai kickboxing and Greco-Roman wrestling, Jones possesses a wide variety of strikes and takedowns. He's been known to use his elbows and knees to wear opponents down instead of only throwing traditional punches and kicks.
Last night at UFC 140 in Toronto, fight fans for the first time saw Jones meet some trouble. Former champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida caught Jones a few times in the first round, and the champion was definitely caught off guard.
With a look of concern on his face after the first round, Jones came back determined to finish the fight, and he put Machida to sleep with a tightly locked guillotine choke.
Jones has successfully defended his title twice now, something many great fighters before him could not even do once.
Now he must wait to see who wins the fight in January between Phil Davis, another up-and-comer, and UFC veteran "Sugar" Rashad Evans.
Evans has been around the UFC for awhile and has only lost once. However that one loss was a humiliating knockout that he suffered at the hands of Machida back in 2008.
Evans is mostly known for his outstanding boxing abilities and cardio, and if he is to fight Jon Jones, fans can expect a high-energy fight from both men.
Davis, on the other hand, is somewhat of a newcomer. Unlike Evans, Davis is more well known for his takedowns and submissions. "Mr. Wonderful," as he's called, is 9-0 in his career and undefeated in five UFC fights.
However, Davis has not seen the level of competition that either Evans or Jones has. His best victory came against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in March. Since then, he's suffered a nasty knee injury that kept him out of UFC 140. Davis was actually originally scheduled to fight Machida until Jones took his place.
Davis is a tremendous talent in mixed martial arts, and he has a bright future in the UFC. Nevertheless, Evans is too experienced for him at this time, and Davis will most likely have to wait just a little while longer to meet "Bones" Jones.
Expect "Mr. Wonderful's" winning ways to come to an end in January. The fight will be live on FOX, so the whole world will be able to watch.
Evans and Jones would be quite the interesting matchup. If Evans could keep the fight standing and stop Jones' takedowns, he would be capable of trading strikes with him. But if Jones could get the fight to the ground, it wouldn't last long. Jones is a significantly more talented wrestler than Evans, and has a variety of submissions that he can use, as many saw last night against Machida.
If by some chance Davis can outdo Evans come January, he would be a much easier opponent for Jones. Davis prides himself on his ground game, yet he still isn't better than Jones by any means. If the fighters were to stay standing, Davis would need to hope he could quickly land a good, clean shot, because Jones would throw strikes at him that he's never seen before.
Davis has a ton of potential, but a fight between him and the champion isn't going to be very competitive until Davis gets a few wins over some of the more elite fighters at 205 lbs.