Jon Jones beats Rashad at UFC 145, will face Dan Henderson next

Bones Jones defends his belt once again, so what's next?

4/22/12 in MMA   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

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 PRESSWIREUFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones once again defended his title, this time in a unanimous decision against former teammate and training partner Rashad Evans. Jones won 50-45 on the judges' score cards, and dominated the fight from start to finish.

Jones used his reach advantage well, but in an extremely unconventional way. He did throw a few jabs to keep Evans at bay, but he really capitalized on some vicious elbows, throwing them more than some fighters throw actual punches.

In his last 5 fights, Jones has now beaten 5 out of the 10 fighters in Sherdog's top 10 list for light heavyweights.

The next logical fight will be against a guy who some consider a title contender in 3 different weight classes. In the past 3 years, Dan Henderson has posted wins over heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko, former light heavyweight champ Shogun Rua and middleweight contender Michael Bisping.

According to UFC president Dana White, Hendo will get his title shot against Jones.

If he beats Henderson, Jones' next move could be virtually anything. Perhaps Phil Davis will work his way back up to title contention by then to give Jones a new opponent, or maybe Jones could be placed in a "superfight" against middleweight champion Anderson Silva, or perhaps even try his hand in the heavyweight division.

The way he fought against Evans, a fighter who knows him better than anyone else in the world, it's hard to see Jones losing at light heavyweight anytime soon. A slugger like Henderson has as good a chance as anyone, but it would still be a long shot.

Right now, it's looking like Jones could be one of the most dominant champs the light heavyweight division has ever seen.

Who do you think might be able to give Jones a run for his money? Can anyone beat him at light heavyweight, or does he need to move up to heavyweight to get a real challenge? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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8/12/12   |   jaysinw   |   4899 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
Evans wants another fight with Jones so bad he is considering dropping down to middleweight. Evans realized after the first round of their fight that he had no chance and decided not to be a highlight reel victim.

LOL, Evans had a chance and still has a chance. Just as Jones could have hurt him Evans could have done the same thing. No where did Jones go strong at him because he was worried too. Have you not notice it is not the fighters as much as it is Dana White and the UFC who puts the fights together. There is no you work your way up to a fight... look at Brock....

8/11/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

jaysinw wrote:
No where did I say I was happy with the fight, both fighters were a big disappointment to me. Safest first of all time, no there is others out there one of them Matt Hughes and Mat Serra fight. A man who claim he was a better fighter and submission holder did nothing while on his back in Serra while Hughes knew he was past his prime and did nothing but control the fight. Even the Jackson Evans fight was a disappoint seeing how Jackson did not attack and was trying to waste time and not get hit instead of going at Evans.

Still going back to Evans I agree he looked like he was content to win the fight on point instead of putting himself in danger which is not the Evans we have come to see in the UFC, so a rematch is there to let him come out and fight Jones likes both fighters said they would do instead of having a walk in the park. We will see how he does against Hendo on the 1st of Sept.

Evans wants another fight with Jones so bad he is considering dropping down to middleweight. Evans realized after the first round of their fight that he had no chance and decided not to be a highlight reel victim.

8/9/12   |   jaysinw   |   4899 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
Huge difference between standing with someone for 5 rounds and doing nothing for 5 rounds. Evans is good enough not to get dropped and made sure that happened by fighting the safest fight of all-time. I was beyond disappointed with his lack of aggression. He claimed he knew everything about Jones and dominated him at Jackson's camp, but when the bell rang he appeared more content not to get knocked out instead of trying to win the title.

No where did I say I was happy with the fight, both fighters were a big disappointment to me. Safest first of all time, no there is others out there one of them Matt Hughes and Mat Serra fight. A man who claim he was a better fighter and submission holder did nothing while on his back in Serra while Hughes knew he was past his prime and did nothing but control the fight. Even the Jackson Evans fight was a disappoint seeing how Jackson did not attack and was trying to waste time and not get hit instead of going at Evans.

Still going back to Evans I agree he looked like he was content to win the fight on point instead of putting himself in danger which is not the Evans we have come to see in the UFC, so a rematch is there to let him come out and fight Jones likes both fighters said they would do instead of having a walk in the park. We will see how he does against Hendo on the 1st of Sept.

8/6/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

jaysinw wrote:
Jones won the fight, but seeing how Evans stood with him the whole 5 rounds, I wold have to say there will be a rematch between these two. Henderson can beat Jones without question, because of the way Jones fights. the real down side to Henderson is his age, he has gotten slower, still he could land a few big shots which would hurt Jones. Cannot wait to see what happens, should be a good fight.

Huge difference between standing with someone for 5 rounds and doing nothing for 5 rounds. Evans is good enough not to get dropped and made sure that happened by fighting the safest fight of all-time. I was beyond disappointed with his lack of aggression. He claimed he knew everything about Jones and dominated him at Jackson's camp, but when the bell rang he appeared more content not to get knocked out instead of trying to win the title.

4/22/12   |   jaysinw   |   4899 respect

Jones won the fight, but seeing how Evans stood with him the whole 5 rounds, I wold have to say there will be a rematch between these two. Henderson can beat Jones without question, because of the way Jones fights. the real down side to Henderson is his age, he has gotten slower, still he could land a few big shots which would hurt Jones. Cannot wait to see what happens, should be a good fight.