Middleweight champ Chris Weidman was one of the first fighters to step up last year when Jones needed an opponent on short notice but was rebuffed based on his lack of name value. With a finish of Anderson Silva under his belt, and another potential victory over the beloved Brazilian on the horizon, Weidman might emerge as a very interesting option for Jones with another win or two in the bag. He’s big enough to fight at 205 pounds and has the skill to compete with any adversary.
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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