UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones stormed through Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey before dislocating his toe and realizing he may be on the shelf for awhile. However, that hasn’t stopped Jones from looking at his list of potential future opponents and forming an opinion on who he would like to meet in the octagon.
The names emerging as the next contender for Jones’ title are Lyoto Machida, Dan Henderson and Alexander Gustafsson. If a superfight does not come to fruition, Jones has his own thoughts on who he would like to face next.
“I’ve fought Lyoto Machida before,” said Jones, after his UFC 159 bout. “I fight for the people that support me, but I also fight to prove critics wrong. A lot of people believe that I have been successful because I appear to be larger than my opponents. And with Alexander Gustafsson that would be no more. So fighting Alexander Gustafsson — a guy who is 6’6″ or 6′.5 pretty long arms himself, long legs — I think that would be a great thing and that is who I’d love to fight next.”
To be fair to Machida, he was giving Jones one of the toughest tests he has ever had in the octagon before getting caught and being put to sleep.
If Machida is passed up and the fight doesn’t go to Anderson Silva in the fight that everyone wants to see, then Gustafsson would be an excellent opponent. He has the odd reach and range that Jones has, so for the first time in his career his distance would not be the story.
That said, Gustafsson still needs some work before he is ready to challenge Jones. The only interesting fight for Jones at the moment will be Silva. Let’s make it happen.