UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones is on quite the roll.
After claiming the title from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Jones went on to defend it successfully against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida last year – both former title-holders in the division. He then started 2012 off with a decision victory over another ex-champion in Rashad Evans, and will face another man who has worn UFC gold in the past this Saturday night at UFC 152 in the form of Vitor Belfort.
So, with a win over Belfort, “Bones” has finished off the bulk of his challengers at 205, right? Wrong.
“In no way have I cleared out the division,” said Jones during open workouts Wednesday in Toronto. “Everyone’s style is a puzzle for me, and who knows which style I will have the most trouble with. I’m about to fight my fifth straight UFC champion – which I was told is a UFC record – and I’m very proud of fighting the best guy available in each of my fights.”
In Belfort, Jones says he will be facing a “UFC original, a real, true legend.”
Jones was originally scheduled to meet Dan Henderson earlier this month, but a knee injury knocked Henderson out of the fight. It is believed that “Hendo” and Machida will collide later this year, with the winner moving into the role of #1 contender. Of course, there is also Chael Sonnen to think about as well as rising stars like Glover Teixeira/Alexander Gustafsson.
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