UFC 135: Jones/Silva Dream Matchup Hangs In Balence
If UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones can beat Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans, he needs to face Anderson Silva. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will make his first-ever title defense against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135. That fight will take place on September 24 at Denver, Colorado’s Pepsi Center. Jones vs. Rampage is a very worthy UFC title fight. Jackson is a former UFC champ himself, with some of MMA’s most effective boxing. He’s definitely not a fighter the 24 year-old Jones can afford to look past. If Jones is having trouble handling the sudden money and fame that comes with a UFC title and lets the outside the cage distractions get the better of him, Rampage will quickly bring him down to Earth.
But if Jones continues to live up to his incredible potential we’ll be talking about who’s next for Jones sometime around 11:30 ET on September 24th and hoping Rampage didn’t suffer any permanent harm in the cage. The 6’4″ Jones combines a pterodactyl wing-span of 84″ with a viciously opportunistic striking style that’s heavy on hurtful knees and elbows and the ability to throw 200lb men around the Octagon like he’s a human catapult. He’s complimented his physical gifts with a positive thirst for knowledge about all aspects of fighting. Training under Greg Jackson, the Yoda of MMA, has only sharpened Jones’ dangerous game.
After Jackson, Jones needs to settle his beef with MMA’s #2 ranked light heavyweight (according to the USA TODAY/MMA Nation Consensus Rankings) Rashad Evans. But let’s face it, as skilled as Evans is — and few Mixed Martial Artists can combine boxing and wrestling so fluidly — he’s a natural middleweight and Jones will be heavily favored to beat his former teammate and ex-friend. And if Jones dominates Jackson and Evans like I think he will, it will be time for the fight I’ve been calling for since February: Jon Jones vs. UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. It’s not just a dream fight for MMA fans, it would also be blockbuster business for the UFC. Silva vs Jones would be kind of champion-vs-champion mega-fight that gets mainstream media attention and sells boucoup pay-per-views. It could potentially be a blockbuster on Fox TV as well and could make one of both of the fighters a true superstar in the U.S.