Jon “Bones” Jones’ dismantling of Brandon “The Truth” Vera last Sunday at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones was quite the spectacle, one that might make someone forget that the kid driving the school bus right through Vera in the first round, is only 22-years-old.
The TKO victory, courtesy of an infamous Jones’ elbow strike, has many in the MMA community proclaiming that he is currently “the next big thing” who deserves a title shot—the sentiment is not shared by UFC president Dana White.
MMAweekly.com reported that White believes the youngster needs more experience before getting a crack at the belt.
“I’d like to see him get another year under his belt,” White said following the first UFC event on the Versus network.
White also added that are still plenty of challenges for Jones in the light-heavyweight division, benchmark victories that would need to be attained before reaching the top of the 205lbs division.
“And in that year, before he got a shot at the title, he’d have to take out Rashad (Evans), Rampage (Quinton Jackson), possibly Shogun (Mauricio Rua) or (Lyoto) Machida, and then get the title shot,” added the UFC president.
The only blemish on Jones’ 10-1 is a controversial disqualification against Matt Hamill, a legally deaf fighter, due to illegal 12-to-6 elbow strikes back at UFC: The Ultimate Finale Season 10.
Jones’ camp argued that Hamill was not able to effectively communicate a verbal tap to the referee before the illegal elbows were thrown. Had he been able to, the fight would have ended in Jones’ favor as a TKO stoppage.