UFC 159 results recap: Who is next for Jon Jones?

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After defeating Chael Sonnen in the main event of UFC 159 and adding a recording-tying fifth title defense to his impressive resume, we discuss what’s next for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones.

Well, that was easy.

As expected, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones wiped the floor with Chael Sonnen in the UFC 159 main event, finishing the fight with a flurry and elbows from top position for a first round technical knockout win.

The fight was not even close, and even though he was essentially a lock to win, the fact Jones was able to easily dispatch of the man who twice gave mixed martial arts' (MMA) pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva his toughest fight in the Octagon is an extremely impressive feat -- especially considering he fought half of the bout with a disfigured toe.

Now that the rivalry with Sonnen is behind him, Jones can look forward to bigger and better things such as title defenses against deserving contenders, super fights, or possibly even a move to the heavyweight division.

That won't be until his toe injury heals, of course.

The 25-year-old stated on Monday's (April 22, 2013) UFC 159 pre-fight media call that he is looking for one more light heavyweight defense in Nov. 2013 to take sole possession of the 205-pound record for consecutive title defences and when 2014 rolls around some mega fights could be on the horizon.

With his victory at UFC 159, "Bones" set the record for longest consecutive win-streak in UFC light heavyweight history with nine-straight wins, tied Chuck Liddell for most finishes in light heavyweight history at nine and also tied Tito Ortiz's record for most consecutive 205-pound title defenses with five.

Since capturing the belt in 2011, Jones has repeatedly stated his goal is to break Ortiz's title defense record. Now that he has matched "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," Jones only needs one more title defense to go down as the most successful champion in the history of his weight class.

The question is, who will that title defense come against? And when?

UFC President Dana White has said multiple times in the past that Lyoto Machida is the No. 1 contender at 205-pounds; however, at the UFC 159 post-fight press conference was unwilling to confirm his future plans for Jones, likely due to the uncertainty surrounding his injury.

Machida earned his crack at the belt with a decision victory over Dan Henderson at UFC 157 last February, but the problem is "The Dragon" was choked unconscious by Jones 16 months ago at UFC 140 and the desire from fans to see a rematch is minimal at best.

The best option would be to give Jones a fresh challenger, such as Alexander Gustafsson, a fighter Jones expressed interest in fighting at the UFC 159 post-fight press conference (watch it here).

Most feel Gustafsson's current six-fight win-streak and win over former UFC champion Mauricio Rua last December was enough to earn him a title shot, but the UFC seems non-committal when it comes to giving the Swedish fighter a crack at the gold, despite the fact his striking ability, height and reach could present some serious problems for the untested champion.

White also hinted at the post-fight press conference that middleweight champion Anderson Silva informed him he would like to fight either Jones or welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, but would not reveal which match up "The Spider" is interested in.

If it is indeed a match up with Jones that Silva seeks, it's possible the UFC brass will wait to see what happens when the Brazilian defends his 185-pound crown against Chris Weidman at UFC 162. If Silva wins, champion vs. champion super fight with Jones is a distinct possibility.

There are multiple options for Jones next, and the ultimate decision with come once the severity and recovery time for his toe injury comes to light.

Who would you like to see Jones face next? Let us know in the comments section below.

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