Jon Jones, at the age of 23 and just eight fights into his Octagon career, is the new UFC light heavyweight champion.
He came into UFC 128 riding a wave of hype the likes of which has never been seen before and he delivered in every way imaginable, absolutely decimating "Shogun" Rua en route to a third round technical knockout win.
And what was awaiting him after Dana White wrapped that title around his waist? His teammate and training partner, Rashad Evans, standing across the cage, wearing a suit and a smile.
Joe Rogan conducted the post-fight interview and put Jones on the spot, asking what his answer is now to a pending match-up against Evans. His reply:
"You know, we are teammates and it sucks that I have to do this, but this is my dream and everything I believe in. And I know that God wouldn't bring me this far to leave me, so I've got to do exactly what I've got to do."
Sorry, Rashad, but it looks like that freshly minted 205-pound title means a tad more than your "friendship."
"Suga," who was right there to hear those words, was also approached by Rogan, while the crowd booed boisterously. His response:
"Well, I guess you should never say never, right? We train together and he's got that strap, so, I gotta go after it."
Sounds like we have an accord. Who's your early favorite, Maniacs? Is Evans going to be the man to finally tame the beast and reclaim the title that was once his?