"Jon just burst onto the scene but has looked so exciting in all his fights. I'm not privy to the thinking of Dana [White] on the matter, but Jon Jones is certainly one of those guys with a lot of expectation who Dana and Joe [Silva] will have to nurture in the correct way. A victory over Vladimir Matyushenko would already put Jones at the top and closing in on a title shot. He would probably be two or three fights away, and if he keeps winning it will be very hard to keep him from walking through that Octagon door to a title shot. Jon's got a great temperament, nobody is really pissed off by him, and he has plenty of people wanting to work out the mystery of how to beat him."
UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik boards the "Bones" bandwagon (via ESPN.co.uk) in anticipation of Jon Jones' fight against Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1 in San Diego. The dynamic light heavyweight prospect has laid waste to the promotion's 205-pound division and made several veteran opponents, including Stephan Bonnar, Matt Hamill (DQ notwithstanding) and Brandon Vera look completely outmatched in the process. Is a light heavyweight title shot a foregone conclusion? Or will "The Janitor" run him down with his cleaning cart on Sunday night?