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Who the hell can beat Jon Jones?

With Rashad Evans vs Jon Jones opening up on betting sites at +375 Evans to -525 Jones, it’s obvious that most people don’t think Rashad is the one who’s gonna unseat our new Awesome Champion of Total Awesomeness. But if not him, then who? Let’s take a look at some possibilities:

Quinton Jackson: One thing many analysts said coming into the fight with Shogun was that Jon Jones hasn’t been smashed in the face really hard during a fight. Rua didn’t manage it, but Quinton Jackson might be able to. Sure, Jones has the tools to keep Jackson off his feet for the entire fight. But he had that with Shogun too and decided he was going to keep it on the feet a little then. That kind of decision can end with a one punch knockout when fighting someone like Rampage.

Anderson Silva: If GSP is too concerned about his legacy to challenge Anderson Silva, maybe Silva will decide to make his superfight bucks off Jon Jones instead. Sure, Dana White just said Andy doesn’t want to fight at 205 any more. But I’m sure tepid matchups against Yushin Okami and best-of-the-rests like Michael Bisping will eventually bore him into taking that fight once Jones has become an attractive enough target to knock off. Money talks, and the difference between a PPV that sells 500k and one that sells 900k+ is worth several million in Silva’s pocket.

Phil Davis: We can come back and look at this one again after seeing how he does against Lil Nog in Seattle. But if it wasn’t for Jon Jones being the uberhot shit that he is, Davis would be the hot prospect everyone is talking about right now. If he continues to get better and shows he deserves the hype, we could have a very interesting matchup down the line.

Gegard Mousasi: Yes, I know everyone thinks he sucks after that dumbass performance against King Mo. But Mousasi is a stoppage machine with 28 of 30 fights ending via KO or submission. Things may be business as usual with Strikeforce for now, but when the merge / whatever the fuck they use to get SF fighters over happens, we’ll have ourselves an interesting contender indeed. Especially if he trounces Mike Kyle in April and then dethrones Dan Henderson (who by the way is WAY TOO OLD to make it onto this list of Jones opponents).

Moving up: It might very well be that no one at 205 is able to take Jones out. But keep in mind that he’s only 23 years old – the man’s got some more growing to do and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up in the heavyweight division a few years from now. How he’ll do really depends on where he and the heavyweights are at that point and time, but I sure as hell am going to enjoy those epic scraps.

  • Letibleu says:

    I had already started a thread on this but it fits too well in the one to leave out. Long live copy paste:

    IF Randy Couture pulled off a win against Machida, is it remotely possible that his last gift to the MMA world in the cage would be to show us Jon Jones is human? I think so.

    Think about it. He has the wrestling pedigree to make it a lot more difficult for Jones, he has dealt with retard arm length in the past and now we will see how he deals with unorthodox striking. He has the smarts and the experience to deal with Jones and to find holes.

    If I had money to put on one fighter other than Rashad (I only like Rashad’s chances because Rashad knows JJ VERY well in the cage) it would be Couture. My only uneasiness is if he still has enough speed left in him to do what he wants to do.

    Regardless, even if he lost in a championship fight, which is probable, I have the feeling he would probably be able to show the world a flaw in Jon Jones the same way that Hendo and Chael did with Anderson.

    Father Time is the key. His last upheval before finally hanging up the gloves for good.

  • Letibleu says:

    double post

  • Schrute Boxe says:

    Call me crazy, but I think Rampage and Machida are the two guys that actually have a decent chance of beating Jones. As awesome as Jones is, he has ATROCIOUS footwork and sloppy striking that he’s gotten away with on account of his freakish reach. Time will tell whether he fixes this during his reign or it becomes an engrained bad habit (which seems to happen a lot to young fighters relying on their physicality).

    Rampage and Machida both have excellent defensive wrestling and patient technical stand-up based largely around the sloppiness of their opponents.

    The real question is whether or not they’ll ever be in title contention again, but I wouldn’t count either of them out against Jones.

    and MAYBE Phil Davis in another 2 years

  • Jim says:

    ^ yep, Rampage and Machida are my first picks also. 

    I can see Machida puzzling the fuck out of Jones.

  • frickshun says:

    I’m giving the nod to Machida. Yes, I said it.

  • glassjawsh says:

    this is dumb, rashad will beat jon jones

  • 7th Offensive says:

    Gegard Mousasi looked damn good in his K1 match.

  • Symbul says:

    I think Machida has the best shot right now. Most complete game, least likely to fall into Jones’ traps. Jackson’s got his KO power but I wouldn’t give him good odds to do it.

    Anderson is a pipe dream.

    Jones’ size is such a gamechanger. He’s enormous for 205.

  • ghostboner says:

    King Mo did not win that Mousasi fight. I’m still pissed about that. Any of those guys could beat Jones, but I give Anderson the best chance to actually do it.

    I thought about Randy too, because he is tough to take down and he might be able to keep Jones clinched up against the cage without absorbing too much damage, get him tired, but I sure as hell wouldn’t bet any money on it.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble says:

    Jones would absolutely destroy Handy. Prolly worse than he is gonna destroy Suga.

    Pisschida might have a shot just because of his elusiveness, but he looked timid as fuck until Rd 3 against Rampage…

    As for Rampage with his Iron Jaw, great TDD and one shot KO power, he’d have a shot.

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  • frickshun says:

    ^^Whut’s ur point?

  • iamphoenix says:

    mma math.

  • Komodo says:

    Hampage is so lucky his neck didn’t catch the third rung up when he fell through the ring. That would’ve been nasty.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    “Rampage with his Iron Jaw” its not iron… just aluminum

  • frickshun says:

    ^^Naw dude, it’s fucking iron.

  • G Funk says:

    I’d have to agree with Frick. Anything less than iron and he wouold’ve dropped much much sooner. If that’s what it takes to KO Page, I’d feel confident bettin against a KO.