Quinton “Rampage” Jackson… check.
Lyoto Machida… check.
Rashad Evans… check.
The UFC keeps lining them up; Jon Jones keeps knocking ’em down.
Jones dominated Shogun to capture the UFC light heavyweight championship, and has defended it against three former champions, three of the best 205-pounders in the world.
So is it time for Jones to make the move to heavyweight?
Well, he’s got Dan Henderson on tap first, and Henderson is not a fighter to be overlooked.
But Dan Henderson aside, UFC president Dana White says Jones still has a long way to go before stepping in with the big boys.
“Have you ever heard Jon Jones say this was a hard cut for me or seen him go on the scales and have him look like a skeleton or anything? He makes that cut easy,” said White.
“When you talk about going to heavyweight, you talk about fighting (expletive) Junior dos Santos, guys that are monsters, huge guys.”
When Jones isn’t batting an eye making the cut to 205 pounds, fighting the monsters that cut down to 265 pounds does sound like a fairly daunting task.
It’s one thing for a fighter to jump up a class that is only 10-15 pounds more than where he’s currently fighting, but when you have a fighter with 60-plus pounds on you staring you down, that’s surely an entirely different scenario altogether.
That’s exactly where Jones would find himself.
“He’s still got a long way to go,” White continued. “I know that’s crazy saying that about the champ that just annihilated every champ in the 205-pound division in UFC history, (but) he still has a lot to learn.”
Thinking about that – realizing how dominant Jon Jones has been – is daunting in and of itself. Just how good can this guy get?