Jon Jones Next Fight Candidates After Controversial Win Over Dominick Reyes
By Michael Luciano
Jon Jones has yet to lose a fight in his MMA career for reasons other than a disqualification, and that impressive run of form continued when he barely escaped defeat against a spirited Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 Saturday. With that battle now in the rear view mirror, Jones has is eyes set on his next title defense. Aside from a Reyes rematch -- which should happen down the line, but not immediately -- Dana White needs to make one of these four bouts happen for Johnny Bones, including the possibility of a huge move up to heavyweight.
4. Face the Winner of Anderson vs. Blachowicz
Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz are facing off in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night this Saturday in New Mexico. Both are vicious punchers that have no problem trying to take the fight to Jones like Reyes did, and while neither of these men have the kind of names that ring out like Jones' best opponents over the years, Reyes himself was a relatively unsung operator who still managed to give Bones all he could handle, a suggestion that he's as vulnerable as he's ever been.
3. Complete the DC Trilogy
Daniel Cormier is on the 18th green of his MMA career, but there is likely no way he could resist the challenge of one last big-money fight with Jones. Cormier has fought Jones twice, losing both times, although one was later changed to a no contest after Jones failed a drug test. DC would receive a fine boost in the UFC GOAT debate if he finally managed to slay the Jones dragon -- and it's possible he'd be able to convince his longtime rival to move up to the heavyweight division to do it in the name of his legacy.
2. Deliver on the Tough Talk and Beat Stipe Mioic at Heavyweight
Jones has talked about moving up to heavyweight, having stopped every challenger in the 205-pound light heavyweight division without fail -- and he even casually said that he could beat Stipe Miocic, arguably the greatest UFC heavyweight ever to do it. Jones couldn't ask for a more high-profile fight if he does move up. Given the heavyweight champ's power compared with Jones' reach and flexibility, the contrast of styles would make for must-see TV.
1. Give Us an Israel Adesanya Superfight
The logistics would be difficult, but this would be a dream event for the UFC. "The Last Stylebender" is middleweight champion undefeated in his MMA career, and his win over Robert Whittaker at UFC 244 properly announced his arrival as a marquee star within UFC. Israel Adesanya would need to move up 20 pounds to light heavyweight before tussling with Jones, which will take more than a little time to do correctly, but this would be a chance for Dana White to print money. An undefeated rising young star against arguably the greatest ever? Sign me up. Sign us all up.