Ever since the first time I watched Jon Jones fight in the octagon I knew he had something special. I have a friend who swears by him. He always says that “Jon Jones will be the next champ, you wait and see”. I have to agree with him on this one.
His upcoming fight with Ryan Bader will be just like the rest. Sure, Bader hosts a big threat towards Jon but does Bader possess the skills to defeat possibly one of the greatest fighters to ever step foot into the octagon? I know calling him one of the greatest is premature, but wait until he hits the top heap of the division. Think of how Jon Jones took care of Stephan Bonnar; the man who gave us the greatest MMA fight we have ever seen against Forrest Griffin. Next on the list is the defeat of Jake O'Brien with the Guillotine Choke in the second round. The next three fights ended relatively quick, although, in one fight he was disqualified for an illegal 12 to 6 elbow hit, while in the mount position against Matt Hamill. The next two fights against Brandon Vera and Vladmir Matyushenko were both over in the first round, due to TKO.
In all of these fights Jones has remained a humble man. He portrays the personality of a champion and he hasn't even had a shot. His reaction to the DQ against Matt Hamill was that of an honest man. He made no excuses and took it as it came. He hasn't let the media get to his head. He knows he is the one of the best and doesn't need to talk about it.
Jones' title shot will come; its his destiny. To be in his position at the young age of 23 it is inevitable that he will stand there and face the man that wears the UFC Light Heavyweight Belt. Let it be Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, or his friend and training partner “Suga” Rashad Evans. As a fan I would love to see any of these fights happen. Jones is a potential threat to any of these men.
What stands in Jones' way before he reaches these guys? I think of two names off the top of my head and they are Rich “Ace” Franklin and Forrest Griffin. Two guys that have fought top tier fighters who both have been champions. They both could be the stop sign for Jon Jones. The sad thing though is that they could both be stepping stones for the man as well.
Looking at Jon Jones and the way he carries himself reminds me of a modern day Clark Kent. He is very humble and laid back. He doesn't seem like the kind of guy that could beat the tar out of someone.
Once he steps in the cage and the suit comes off, Jon Jones looks like the one guy that can defeat anyone; Superman. That is, unless Ryan Bader brings the kryptonite on February 5, 2011.
Adam Buck Clark @ Lets Bang Em MMA
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