No Bones about it: Bet on Lyoto Machida to dethrone UFC champion Jon Jones

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For having exactly zero title defenses under his belt, Jon Jones, and who can dethrone him, sure is a popular topic of conversation.

"Bones" smashed and mashed his way past Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 on March 19 to win the light heavyweight strap and apparently usher in a new era in MMA.

So dominant was his victory, that talk immediately turned to not just who could defeat him, but who would even stand a chance against his incredible athleticism and dynamic skill-set.

Anderson Silva's name quickly crossed a few tongues but he recently threw a monkey wrench in those plans, explaining his lack of desire to fight the 205-pound kingpin is born from their budding friendship.

Maybe it's Rashad Evans, a former teammate and training partner who claims he consistently got the better of Jones in the gym. He'll get the first crack at the young phenom in September or October.

But if you're asking "Shogun," who knows exactly what it's like to feel the wrath of the beast, he believes a certain elusive Karate master is the man for the job (via Sherdog):

"He has every chance to beat Jones. His counterattack style is very strong and tough to beat. I think his style could match perfectly with Jones" style. I"d bet on him if I had to."

Ahhh, yes. Lyoto Machida, the former light heavyweight champion and Rubik's Cube that only Rua has yet been able to figure out.

"Shogun" feels the style match-up would favor "The Dragon," who has notoriously been difficult to hit. Would Jones have those same problems? After all, he is the longest fighter currently on the UFC roster.

Elusive or not, that 84-inch reach is difficult to stay away from.

Of course, Machida will have to get past Randy Couture at UFC 129 on April 30 in Toronto before he can even think of another run at the division championship. The Brazilian is currently in the midst of his first career losing streak, having dropped his last two fights.

But if he does defeat "The Natural" up north, would you be interested in seeing Lyoto test his might against the seemingly flawless enigma that is Jonny "Bones?"

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