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Even Jon Jones Can’t Make Sense of the Current Title Picture at 205

It’s good to know that we weren’t alone in our confusion when it was announced that the winner of either the Mauricio Rua/Brandon Vera or Lyoto Machida/Ryan Bader bouts, specifically the former, would be in line for the next title shot at 205 lbs. Given that current champion Jon Jones has walked through all four of those gentlemen before, we struggled to find the reasoning behind the alleged title shot that supposedly awaited the most impressive winner from this weekend’s UFC on FOX 4 event. Then again, Rich Franklin has decided to chase after middleweight gold and revenge for a third time (which totally wont end in his untimely death), so maybe we were too quick to write off these former champions, TUF winners, and hype machines. In either case, Bones took to his Twitter account to voice his frustration, sending out the above tweet yesterday which simply states “Scratching my head.”

But perhaps even more confounding than the UFC’s apparent apathy in regards to JBJ was the realization that the light heavyweight division, one of the most stacked and competitive divisions in the UFC for some time, has nearly been cleared out in a little over a year. If Jones gets past Dan Henderson at UFC 151, something he obviously feels he is going to do as evidenced by the above tweet, there will arguably be only two viable candidates left for him to face: Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira.

Dana White has teased that the man known by the Potato Nation as “Bjones” is “ready for a big fight now”, leading us to believe that a meeting with Rashad Evans could be on the horizon. A victory over the former champ would all but cement the Swede’s position atop the division. As for Teixeira, it’s simply too early to tell. He looked great in his debut victory over Kyle Kingsbury, but needs to face at least one of the upper echelon fighters before we are convinced he is ready for a title shot. But for the moment, it appears that the LHW division needs an H-bomb like Nick Diaz needs a clue.

In other, alcohol-related Jon Jones news…

A ruling has finally been handed down in Jones’ May 19th DUI arrest, which was delayed on several occasions to give Bones enough time to complete his whopping two day court-mandated alcohol abuse and dependency evaluation. The champion received a $1,000 fine and a six month license suspension, a fee that he more than likely carries around in his shoe on a daily basis considering he totaled a quarter million dollar Batmobile in the accident. Meanwhile, you could face a fine of up to $200 if you were caught selling someone a 17 ounce soda in New York City. Clearly lawmakers in this country are determining misdemeanor based fines in the same fashion that the United States Treasury determines the most prudent move for failing insurance companies.

-J. Jones

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hooligun- August 1, 2012 at 10:41 am
J jones stop ragging on Nick Diaz. Makes you sound like such a sad cunt..
eDrinker- August 1, 2012 at 3:01 am
Black Fedor is dropping to LHW after he beats Mir. He will be next in line as long as he makes a good show of his next fight.
ArmFarmer- July 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm
Just to play devils advocate.. what dominant champion has lost to someone he's already beaten? The only name that comes to mind is Matt Hughes. Anderson, Fedor, GSP, Shogun.. none of them lost a rematch. Just curious if I'm missing some or maybe you're just referring to combat sports in general.
Sloppyspray- July 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm
I hope Dana White dresses up in his roman emperor gear and sits in a fancy seat above the octagon watching the fights, and once each of the Shogun/Vera and Machida/Bader fights finish he appeals to the crowd for their decision and gives a thumbs up or a thumbs down. That would be so sweet.
Crow42- July 31, 2012 at 11:15 am
U know how this works , the division is stacked and yet no one can take on bones. Bones dominates for now , but history is not on his side. Dominate champs tend to lose to guys they already beaten , or lose to someone without a name. (therefore making them a star)
Caralho- July 31, 2012 at 10:37 am
Dana backtracked and now says that the fighter with the most impressive win out of Shogun/Vera or Machida/Bader will get a title shot
joelforsyth- July 31, 2012 at 9:55 am
I wonder if Dana was pushed by FOX to make this fight meaningful so that's why he did it.
Fletch the V Stretch- July 31, 2012 at 9:20 am
Why is Gustafsson referred to as BJones?