After all the smoke had settled at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sat., April 21, 2012, at UFC 145, and Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones had successfully defended his title by soundly defeating the fighter who knew him best, Rashad Evans, one question rang out from mixed martial arts (MMA) fans everywhere.
Who can stop this man?
It's an impossible question to answer, though many will try. And it's the task of UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and promotion President Dana White to do their damnedest to find the best candidate for the job.
First up on the list is former Strikeforce Champion Dan Henderson, who will challenge Jones sometime this year, possibly at UFC 149 on July 21 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With his monster right hand, wrestling pedigree, and uncanny ability to fend off Father Time, he's been given about as much chance as anyone else in the 205-pound division, at least by fans and pundits.
Oddsmakers? Now that's another story.
The MMAOddsbreakers show released its odds on the fight and Jones comes in as a whopping -565 favorite while Henderson limps in as a +385 underdog.
Quite frankly, it's amazing that a championship fight would favor one more over the other that heavily. It's truly a testament to how dominant "Bones" has been during his run competing inside the Octagon.
When examining all the reasons he's favored so heavily, it makes perfect sense. He's 24-years-old with a 16-1 career record. And that one loss was a disqualification due to his throwing illegal elbows. He was handily winning the fight beforehand.
Not only that, here are the names Jones has beaten once he reached the championship level -- Mauricio Rua (to win the title), Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans.
Are you kidding me?
Henderson is a formidable foe, no doubt, but he's 41-years-old and nearly died of exhaustion trying to finish "Shogun" last November, the same man Jones obliterated to take his place at the throne of the light heavyweight division.
Simply put, there's very little reason to believe "Hendo" will be the man to take the crown from the 205-pound king.
Anyone want to disagree?