Taking out heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez might seem like an insurmountable task but keep in mind Jones has a frame perfectly suited for a little more bulk and a move up to heavyweight. Velasquez is also one of a number of high-level heavies who don’t clock in close to 265 pounds and rely more on speed/athleticism for victory than pure power. Velasquez’s stand-up and takedowns would obviously pose problems for “Bones” as they do any adversary, but Jones’ reach could be enough to keep Velasquez at bay and he’s obviously no slouch either in any department.
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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