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Who’s the Right “Ace” to Defeat “The Joker” Jon Jones?

(I guess that would make Anderson Silva the other joker, and Randy Couture the “Rules of Poker” instructional card that always gets lost.)

By Anton Gurevich

After just three years of MMA competition, Jon “Bones” Jones became the youngest champion in the UFC’s history. Jones defeated the PRIDE legend Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in an impressive fashion to become the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, proving to everyone once again that “the hype is real.”

The Greg Jackson product is currently 7-1 in his Ultimate Fighting Championship campaign, defeating Andre Gusmao, Stephan Bonnar, Jake O’Brien, Brandon Vera, Vladimir Matyushenko and Ryan Bader on his way to the triumph against Shogun Rua at UFC 128. His only defeat came via DQ (“12-6 elbows”) against Matt Hamill at the TUF 10 Finale event on Dec. 5th, 2009.

And since the majority of Jacks, Queens and Kings of the UFC Light Heavyweight division are behind him, here’s the list of four aces who may be on their way to challenging “The Joker” Jon Jones for his belt…

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Waxedpants- March 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm
I love Hendo

I would give him a 10% chance against Jones. You see how tiny Shogun looked next to Jones? Hendo will look the same way and will get tossed around in a humiliating fashion.
Waxedpants- March 23, 2011 at 6:31 am
I know NakedRearPokeguy, I know ... pat you on the back if I was next to you .

it's very sad
Naked Rear Poke- March 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm
Fair enough. I'm sorry, I guess I'm still in denial.
Oh Fedor!! Why did you have to get old and slow without fighting anyone of relevance in the past 5 years?? WHY??!!!
Waxedpants- March 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm
What is Davis's reach ? I can't find it anywhere. It's not 84 but with his detachable alien arm sockets he may get real close to that.

Fedor? Really man? I love Fedor and I always will but I would give Jone's 10-1 odds while wearing an eyepatch.
Naked Rear Poke- March 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm
I can't believe no one's said this yet...
I know he's past his prime, but he has a better chin than any of those other chumps and he's got that daisy cutter of a right hand. Also, we haven't seen what he can do with a 205er, I say he could manhandle anynone at that weight. If only we can get those crazy Russians to play ball.
Who's with me??
LOKI- March 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm
...Hendo got wrestle-raped by Jake GD 170lb Vegan Shields.
dim mak- March 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm
with jones, a lot of the battle is controlling space, and dealing with that sick 84" reach--machida's the only one of those 4 who can really control space in a way that might trouble jones. but--what about Dan Henderson? sure, he's getting up there, but he's a world-class wrestler with dynamite in that right hand. jones leaves openings, and with Hendo, it only takes one.
Get Off Me- March 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm
@RwilsonR and waxedpants
Nice to see some other people aren't counting out Davis.
Davis will only get his shot in about a years time anyhow, he'll beat Nog, that will put him on the short list and then he'll probably face the winner of Machida/Couture or something and then maybe one more fight or straight to Jones.
RwilsonR- March 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm
I agree with Waxedpants that in a year or so Davis may have a better shot at Jones than any of the rest of these guys (except Anderson). But not right now. Still, I think Jones has shown he is increasing his skills at least at the same rate, or faster than Davis, and I still think Jones wins.
RwilsonR- March 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm
@ Anhonestmoose - Vitor won the HW tourney and received a belt at 19, so I suppose you could say he was the youngest champion. But it wasn't a divisional belt, just a tournament belt. Hard to compare. The only thing we know for sure is that Cain Velasquez is the UFC's first Mexican Champion.
Waxedpants- March 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Underestimate Davis's alien powers at your own peril.

Would he beat Jones next week ? No

Next year ? I give him a better chance than anyone else on the list.

Better luck next time Karma
BossNasty- March 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Silva has beat way better comp than Jones and yet CP shows no love and Jones has beat a series of chumps excluding Bader (Shogun is not a chump but he did fight like one) and CP talks about him like he's completely unbeatable. That said I think the Machida that isn't worried about impressing fans or Dana White would be a tough opponent for Jones. Hell I think the Shogun that fought Machida would have a chance. Rampage hasn't looked like Rampage since Rampage was Mr T. Evans could beat him, Suga Rashad has no chance.
Anhonestmoose- March 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Nope, apparently I'm retarded, carry on.
Anhonestmoose- March 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm
For some reason I was thinking Vitor Belfort won the title at 19...
RwilsonR- March 22, 2011 at 11:21 am
Of these mentioned above, Rampage has the best chance to take one to give one, and if he can connect he has the power to fuck Jones up. Still, Rampage isn't great at dealing with distance, and once Jones takes him down it is over.
Anderson has the best chance, and I would love to see this fight.
El Guapo- March 22, 2011 at 11:00 am
And speaking of aces, what's up with the first ever, CP Poker Tourney?? Winner gets, I dunno, a Pat Barry swift kick in the nuts and a t-shirt or something.
El Guapo- March 22, 2011 at 10:54 am
Keep hearing how Bones broke his hand, yet he didn't mention it and he was punching till the end. Not callling him a liar, just wondering how/when he broke it is all.
myklhoey- March 22, 2011 at 10:22 am
no doubt man, like i said my love of CP is ya the articals but i love the comment part, i talk mad neck to dudes but i neva mean it, we all love the sport differnt opions but what eva,
i want this sport to blow up i neva really been into sports, untill i saw lavey-tudo, and gracie chalenges and japan stuff, i did judo and greco, and free style, so wen i saw all these thing combibed i got man crushes for these fighters,
ya all good hommie i was jus tryin to be funny
Hesh to Steel- March 22, 2011 at 9:56 am
Meh. Someone will beat jones, but I don't think that guy is in the UFC yet.
k-onda- March 22, 2011 at 9:55 am
So to sum up - Suga, not a chance in hell, Dragon, wacky and unpredictable so he gets a snowball's chance in hell, Rampage only gets a chance cause he might be able to get his ass kicked for 5 rounds without quitting. Mr. Wonderful is intriguing because he shows some of the same potential as Bones, just not as well hyped, so he gets a "question mark."
I say let Faber and Benavidez fight him at the same time - I still think Jones will win, but at least we'll get a show.
Smitty- March 22, 2011 at 9:49 am
@ myklhoey
That's pretty big of ya. So we'll just say no harm done, and let bygones be bygones.
Big Jumpin Dad- March 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

NONE! its still the machida era in my heart
LOKI- March 22, 2011 at 9:15 am
Ah the myth of the unbeatable fighter! How many have we seen fall in just the last couple of years?
jailjitz- March 22, 2011 at 8:59 am
Roger Gracie. Jones is tailored made for the best jiu jitsu player of all time. Shogun is a black belt the same way Rashad is-thier jiu jitsu is non-existant. Jones would never of gotten away with laying in Roger's guard like that and if Roger lands on top he's staying till he finishes.
myklhoey- March 22, 2011 at 8:57 am
rampage did that science shit on espn when he was facin evans
he had the 2nd hardest punch