I don't think I've ever experienced as much UFC non octagon drama as the last night. First Hendo has to pull out due to injury (the injury bug continues), then Chael get's thrown into the mix, and Jones declines becoming public enemy number 1 and showing his true colours. Once that all subsided things began to become more clear for the next few hours when Machida was set to face Jones, only for Machida to decline the fight, feeling he needed more time to prepare for the champ. And then came the next challenger: Vitor Belfot, a curve ball nobody expected.
On paper, and only on paper, this sounds like a good fight, after all it's the phenom, the legend, the man himself, Vitor Belfort. But let's face the facts, out of all Jones' recent title challengers, as well as the man he beat for the belt, Shogun, Vitor is the WEAKEST challenge to Jones.
This is not the same Vitor of old, the physicality he posed back in the day is long gone, yes, he still has that one knock out punch power, but so did Hendo, and so did Rampage Jackson. With the case of Henderson, he was a major under dog in his fight, but unlike Vitor, Hendo possesses a very good wrestling base and background, so while his main asset would be to obviously land a H bomb, he still had another weapon in his arsenal with his wrestling. Vitor has NONE OF THAT, Vitor has a midgets chance in hell of wrestling Jones, or taking Jones down, or even preventing a Jones takedown.
Vitor has already faced a dominant champ just last year in Anderson Silva, and we saw how that turned out, so why should things be any different when he comes up against Jones, who's just as dominant as Silva, and a GIANT in size compared to Silva.
This is going to be another easy win for JJ. Jones, who is basically a heavyweight, and reaching the peak of his physicality, will be fighting a man that fights at middle weight, and who's physcality is going down. Where the hell's the challenge in that? And after Jones wins everyone will once again say how dominant Jones is, and will anyone ever be able to stop him bla bla bla bla, ignoring the obvious, that Jones is not being given real challenges.
This is MMA, one punch can prove me entirely wrong, and I'd LOVE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN, but something tells me it won't.