Written By: Marvin Blue
As we enter the day after UFC 140 many criticisms were laid to rest. One that seems to stick with all fight fans was the chin of UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones. Jones rise to the top has been meteoric to say the least. However, it has not been without controversy. Jones replaced former teammate and close friend Rashad Evans in the fight that earned Jones the UFC title.
Next up was the possible injury that postponed the fight between the former teammates and the accusations from Rashad Evans that Jones was ‘swagger jacking’ and ducking out of the fight with him. However under all that controversy, Jones has kept a cool head and remained focused on being the best. Lately, Jones has had to fight the criticism that he didn’t have a chin. He was never really tested against Rampage Jackson and in all his fights his opponents have not been able to get anything going against his unorthodox style. Then came UFC 140 and the chance for Jones to fight one of the most unorthodox fighters in the UFC, former champion Lyoto Machida.
As Machida seemed to have a game plan that may have Jon Jones look human like for the first time in his career, he caught Jones with many say was the best shot the champ ever felt and Jones did the surprising, he ate the punches and went on to give Machida one of the worst cuts he ever received and his first submission lost. It’s time we take heed to the statement Brandon Vera once made and that was he did not give Mr. Jones the proper respect that he deserved and he paid the price for it. Jon Jones is becoming a victim of his own success, but as he continues to fight he will continue to show promise as a champion, treating UFC fight fans to things we have never seen, Machida’s first submission, exposing the work ethic Rampage Jackson, out wrestling Ryan Bader, and knocking out Brandon Vera. His only blemish on his near perfect record is the DQ to Matt Hamill and Hamill was unable to raise his hands in victory, because of the beating he suffered in the match.
Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is proving the critics wrong by each fight and whenever we come across the road when he meets Rashad Evans or Dan Henderson or whomever has the pleasure of being the #1 contender one thing is for certain we will be treated to one hell of a performance from Jon Jones and he will keep getting better as time goes on. ‘Ladies and Gentlemen‘ the hype is dead ‘Welcome to the Jon ‘Bones’ Jones era.
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