Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones does not only dominate the opponents he faces, he consistently makes outstanding fighters and athletes look merely mediocre.
Not only does he defeat his foe, he takes their will, as well.
"Bones" broke Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 182 this past Saturday night (Jan. 3, 2015) from inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada (highlights here). By the end of the third round, Cormier looked defeated in his corner as his teammates attempted to rile up his spirit to compete in the championship rounds.
Ultimately, the champion proved to be too much for his bitter rival, earning the 49-46 unanimous decision victory to retain his title (recap).
Jones did everything inside the Octagon he promised during the pre-fight hyperbole, as "Bones" dominated Cormier in the wrestling department, took the former Olympic wrestler down multiple times throughout the fight, and defeated a man who many believed was the fighter to take the title.
That is what makes Jones such an unstoppable force. In my opinion, Jones is the greatest fighter in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA) due to the fact that he continually defeats his opponents at their own game.
If you are a striker, Jon will outstrike you. A wrestler? the champ will outwrestle you. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt? "Bones" will tap you. So where does the greatest of all time go from here? With a list of victims as impressive as we have ever seen in the history of the sport, what else can Jon accomplish that will wow his fans and critics alike?
The options in the 205-pound division are limited, and as follows:
While it will certainly be intriguing to see Jones take on new blood in "Rumble," nearly everyone in the MMA universe wants to witness the champion rematch his stiffest test to date in Gustafsson. No man has ever put a hurting on Jones like "The Mauler" did at UFC 165, but the champion retained his title via decision that night, as well.
With Gustafsson "not impressed" by Jones' UFC 182 performance, expect a motivated Swede in three weeks' time as he attempts to re-earn a crack at the UFC crown.
Will fans bear witness to another mammoth title fight as Jones rematches Gustafsson later this year, or will Johnson get a chance to knock "Bones" out and become the most unheralded UFC champion in years?
We'll find out in just a few weeks.
For more results and fallout from UFC 182 including play-by-play, videos, reactions, recaps, and more, check out our "Jones vs Cormier" live story stream right here.