UFC Champ Jon Jones named one of AskMen’s Top 49 'Most Influential Men of 2013'

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Jon Jones follows in Dana White's footsteps, as the UFC head cheese was ranked number 38 back in 2011 (details).

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has done a lot in his young mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

Aside from winning the promotion's 205-pound title, "Bones" has locked up a sponsorship from Nike, landed on the cover of the new EA Sports UFC video game and earlier this week, found himself in spot number 26 of AskMen's Top 49 "Most Influential Men of 2013" list

So ... what else makes Jones influential?

In 2011, Jon Jones became the UFC's youngest-ever world champion, and his career has only progressed from there. UFC President Dana White has called him the "most accomplished" light-heavyweight fighter ever, and, on September 21st, he quieted any doubters after emerging victorious from an epic battle with Alexander Gustafsson. He will next defend his title from Glover Teixeira, though no date has been confirmed yet. As Jones continues to contend with challengers, we only know one thing for sure: That he is one of the best MMA fighters of all time.

Here is the complete list (via AskMen.com):

49. Daft Punk
45. The Rock
42. Kanye West
38. Cristian Ronaldo
32. Andy Murray
31. Hassan Rouhani
26. Jon Jones
25. Pope Francis
24. Floyd Mayweather
23. Howard Stern
22. Charlie Hunnam
20. Edward Snowden
18. Sergey Brin
17. Barack Obama
13. Jay Z
11. Vladimir Putin
6. Drake
5. Nelson Mandela
3. Bryan Cranston
1. Elon Musk

Maybe it's because I'm old or just out of touch, but I don't recognize half the names on this sheet. But hey, "Bones" is almost as influential as the Pope! That said, Glover Teixeira will try to crumple up this list and throw it in the trash when he fights Jones for the title in 2014.

More on that fight here.

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