As we have watched the upward trajectory of the career of Jon “Bones” Jones, one can’t help but wonder what his weakness is. His record is 13-1 but it seems that the only way this athletic freak can lose a fight is if he beats himself. So I have been asking myself lately, who can beat Jon Jones?
His reach is insurmountable at 84.5″, the longest in UFC history, and unlike Stefan Struve, he knows how to use it. It practically won him the Shogun fight and made it seem unfair to put the two together in the Octagon. He hasn’t just beaten everyone he has faced, he has destoryed them(and yes I’m talking to you too Mr. Hamill)and his best fight may have been against Rua, a future Hall of Famer in 2 organizations. The fact is that I don’t see anyone beating him for a LONG time.
The only way Jones loses is when he inevitably moves up to Heavyweight. He will move up because, as any older men can tell you, it is much tougher to cut weight with age and his large frame will demand he walks around at 230+. I see Bones dominating the LHW division for the next 3-4 years before metabolism makes it necessary for him health-wise to move to 265.
He will enter the HW division as one of the greatest fighters of all time and will win the majority of his fights their as well. The problem I see for Jones is when a fighter with similar athleticism, size, and strength is standing across from him. Being that this will be 3-4 from now I can’t say for sure who the top fighters will be but I expect Cain Velasquez, JDS, and Overeem to still rule the rankings. I think each of these fighters present match-up problems for Jones because they all 3 have a distinct advantage over him:
Let me clarify that I’m not saying they will beat him but he has never been matched up with someone bigger than him and that is the one thing he will never have to face in the LHW division. As successful as a fighter may be, when someone is bigger and badder than you….it’s intimidating.
I expect Jon Jones to lose 2 more fights before he is done with MMA. I expect both of those losses to come in the Heavyweight division, but I also expect Bones to be the HW champion in the future as well. Regardless of what happens, Jon Jones will go down with the likes of Anderson Silva, GSP, Cain Velasquez, and Fedor Emelianenko as the greatest fighters of all time.