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"Vladimir Matyushenko is a guy who I have a a lot of respect for and I didn't think it was going to happen that easy. 'Bones' Jones is the real deal and he just catapulted himself tonight into the top eight in the world. Tonight solidified it. To go in and do what he did to Vladimir Matyushenko, and make it look as easy as he did tonight, it cements it for me. This kid is one of the top eight in the world in that weight division. He's got to keep his head together, stay focused and keep doing all the right things in training. He's smart, good looking and bad ass. He's going to make a lot of money -- this kid is going to do very well. Right now in the 205-pound division, all these guys are fighting each other. When the smoke clears and the dust settles, Jon Jones will fight one of the top eight guys in the world for his next fight."
That was fast ... and we're not talking about Jon Jones' remarkable finish of the very tough and durable Vladimir Matyushenko in the UFC on Versus 2 main event this evening. UFC President Dana White was among the many who was blown away with the performance of his most promising light heavyweight perhaps ever, promising that "Bones" will be tested against the division's best his next time out. With division champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua out with an injury, and Lyoto Machida and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson set to hook 'em later this year, the options on the table right now are limited. Rashad Evans is a training partner, which seemingly dashes that match up ... at least for now. Perhaps the winner of the UFC 119 fight between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Bader? Let's hear it, Maniacs. Make us a match.