The UFC light-heavyweight titleholder Jon “Bones” Jones has risen amongst the best fighters in the world in a matter of years. Now with the majority of the top 205-pounders underneath him, Jones has drawn a fight with the Swede Alexander Gustafsson who isn’t well-known to fight fans out there, but if you have been paying attention to both Jones and Gustafsson’s careers, you know that this could be one of Jones’ most thrilling challenges he’s yet to face. Gustafsson can match Bones’ immense size with his 6’5″ frame with some polished stand-up techniques that he will likely look to use against the freakishly athletic world champion.
What was supposed to be a light-heavyweight main event title fight between Jones and Dan Henderson eventually lead to the first ever cancelled event (UFC 151:”Jones vs. Henderson”) when a knee injury suffered by Henderson forced him to pull from the bout last minute.
“I have no wishes to fight Dan Henderson, he’s a guy that’s done a lot for the sport already, he’s a lot older,” Jones said in a recent media scrum in Toronto. “I think he’s a guy that a lot of people would expect me to beat anyways. So I have no big dreams of fighting Dan Henderson, his last fight with Rashad Evans, you could really see him slowing down, so fighting him I don’t think really proves much”
Jones is right about one thing: “Hendo” is a lot older than the young 25-year old champion, but in the fight with Rashad Evans, Henderson did a lot more damage in the first round when he almost knocked out the former champion with a flurry of punches. Evans turned it up in round two and sealed the deal in the third with a series of strong right hand of his own. Henderson’s previous fight was also a split decision loss to Lyoto Machida, where neither fighter really got the better of the other. Henderson’s loss before that was in the fallen Strikeforce organization when he was smothered by Jake Shields after landing bombs in round one that nearly had the champ knocked out.
The last time Hendo has been finished was by the FORMER middleweight champion Anderson Silva in 2010. What are the possibilities of Henderson getting another shot at Jones’ belt? There are other fighters in the division that are further in line. Jones says Glover Teixeira, Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis are all in the running for a shot at his belt.
Should Hendo kiss his title hopes goodbye?