Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones reacts to beating Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
Our very own Sergio Hernandez stated that if Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones were to defeat Rashad Evans at UFC 145 in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat., April 21, 2012, he should be considered the greatest light heavyweight of all time.
It's a difficult point to argue, especially in light of the fact that "Bones" took care of business to make the hypothetical situation a reality.
He's now won a dominant seven fights in a row, and if you discount his DQ loss to Matt Hamill (and you should), he's technically been perfect in all 17 of his pro mixed martial arts (MMA) fights.
Jones has run through the UFC's light heavyweight division like a tropical storm that none of the residents were prepared for. The sad thing is, his opponents all said they were ready to take him down off his high horse. In particular, his last three opponents, Evans, Lyoto Machida and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, all claimed to hold the key to unlocking the mystery that is Jon Jones.
The real question becomes: Can anyone beat this guy?
Jones is starting to look more and more like a legend. Every time he steps into the cage, he comes off a little bit more polished and well-rounded. His stand up game is flat out scary. He looks like a kid who has a toy that he's still learning to use.
Unfortunately for every other fighter in the world, that "toy" is his MMA skill set.
Even though we're only a day removed from his last fight, it's never too soon to look ahead to the future, especially considering the fact that it's entirely possible Jones could be back inside the Octagon in three short months at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Normally, we would use this space to speculate on the light heavyweight champion's next opponent. But we don't have to do that this time, thanks to UFC President Dana White announcing at the UFC 145 post-fight press conference that Jones will defend his title against Dan Henderson his next time out.
It's an intriguing match-up if for no other reason than the fact that we know "Hendo" has a bomb for a right hand. And if he lands that thing, "Bones" could find himself staring up at the lights.
But we've seen very little to make us believe that will happen other than the hope of Jones haters the world over that Henderson will be the guy to finally get the job done.
We'll find out in just a few months.
Until then, what are your thoughts on the match-up, Maniacs? Is Jones poised to continue his reign of terror on the light heavyweight division? Or will "Dangerous" Dan shock the world?