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
As Jon Jones continues his assault on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight division, which he began in Feb. 2011 when he emphatically claimed the 205-pound title by defeating Mauricio Rua at UFC 128, the list of contenders, it seems, is getting thinner and thinner.
It's nothing new with UFC champions, really, as the promotion's middleweight champion Anderson Silva and welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre seemed to have cleaned out their respective divisions already. So-much-so, that it may come to the point to where they have to start fighting opponents they have already faced.
To that point, given the fact that "Rush" and Silva have dominated their divisions for the last five years, they have defended their titles against different opponents each time out, with the exception of Silva vs. Sonnen 2, of course.
That is the reason UFC President Dana White isn't worried one bit that his current 205-pound champion, Jones, will run out of worthy opponents anytime soon.
"That is what we have been saying about Anderson Silva since 2006. There's always contenders, there's always a new guy. It's up to these guys on Saturday night. They have to go in there and they have to deliver. You know how it is, you know how this is. Every time somebody says that one of these fights is off the charts on Saturday. I mean, "Shogun" Rua had the fight of the year last year, it was a war against Dan Henderson who is now fighting "Bones" Jones for the title. How quickly we forget everybody, we will see what happens on Saturday. Again, don't judge fights until they happen. And you know, if it sucks on Saturday, I will be the first one standing up here and letting you know."
Should Jones defeat Henderson at UFC 151 on Sept. 1, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, his next title fight will in fact be a rematch of a previous foe as he will take on the winner of either this weekend's (Aug. 4, 2012) main event or co-main event.
Having defeated each of the four participants already, "Bones" will have a leg up on the competition in their second meeting and White reminds fans that one shouldn't be too quick to jump the gun until a fight actually takes place and the results unfold.