The most realistic option on the list in terms of Jones’ immediate future is no doubt Daniel Cormier. Cormier is an undersized heavyweight ready to move down to 205 pounds after an October outing against Roy Nelson. He’s called Jones out on numerous occasions and gotten venom in return, making the match-up personal to a certain extent. With top shelf wrestling and heavy hands, Cormier definitely has the ability to unseat Jones from the top 205-pound spot. Then again, counting the champ out of any clash is folly, and it’s very possible he could crush the smaller Cormier.
If UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones gets by Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 with the same ease in which he’s dismantled past challengers the 26-year old will be in the unique position of only having a contender or two left to face before having arguably cleaned out the division. If that day comes, Jones will need to consider other options including a potential dip of his toes in the heavyweight division’s pool or other opponents not normally associated with light heavyweight. So who might “Bones” end up battling in 2014 and beyond if he continues on his current career path? (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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