How Jon Jones Stock Can Once Again Sizzle In 2020
I consider Jon Jones’ previous three rivals (Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos), Reyes has the absolute best to unseat Jones.
Truth be told, I’m getting a smidgen of a Chris Weidman versus Anderson Silva 1 around UFC 162 vibe going into Saturday. Long-supreme boss going toward generally obscure undefeated contender whom the victor may or probably won’t consider to be a real danger.
The similitudes don’t stop there. Going into the Weidman battle, the idea was that Silva was a success away from at long last verifying that Georges St-Pierre superfight. Going into this battle, the idea is by all accounts that Jones is a success away from verifying a heavyweight title shot.
UFC 247 highlights two of MMA’s most prevailing victors at the highest point of the card. In the headliner, Jon Jones will protect his light heavyweight title against 12-0 Dominick Reyes. Prior to that battle, flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will take on No. 1 contender Katlyn Chookagian.
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UFC 247: Jones versus Reyes
• Saturday, Houston
• Early prelims: ESPN+, 6:15 p.m. ET
• Prelims: ESPN, 8 p.m. ET
• Main card: ESPN+ PPV, 10 p.m. ET
The greatest distinction between the two situations is that Silva appeared to be worn out on being the middleweight hero of the UFC when he met Weidman in July 2013, and I don’t get the sense from Jones that he is burnt out on being the lord, however I do think about whether he’s getting a little exhausted nowadays.
In all actuality Jones turned into a legend by beating legends. Recollect his initial five title battle adversaries? Shogun Rua, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort – all future Hall of Famers and all legends in their own right. We had never observed a run that way, and there is a decent possibility that we will never observe a run like that until the end of time.
No lack of regard to his ongoing rivals, however they aren’t Hall of Famers – in any event not yet. This is a consequence of his being champion for a long time and nearly clearing out a division.