When it comes to UFC and of course, MMA, mentioning the name Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is inevitable. For the 1 year and 4 months that Bones is fighting in the UFC within the light heavyweight category, he showed how a true UFC fighter should be. Now that Jones has to face Anderson Silva, he must be prepared of what he might become after the fight.
Silva is yet another unstoppable fighter in the UFC today. Even Jones cannot do something about Silva’s fast-rising UFC career. When it comes to pound for pound rankings, the first placer is Jones, the second is Silva and the third is George St-Pierre.
There are obvious reasons why Jones is in the #1 position although both fighters are first placers in their respective categories. Silva is the first placer in the middleweight category with 31 wins and 4 losses while Jones in the light heavyweight category with 16 wins and 1 loss.
Despite the statistics, Jones fighting capabilities can no longer be denied. A case in point, Jones was able to beat Mauricio Rua in their championship bout way back in March of last year, 2011. Afterwards, Quinton Jackson, the ex-champion, attempted at stealing his belt but failed to do so. Even Jackson had no idea how he would handle Jones rampage while inside the octagon.
Jones also walked a new champion when Lyoto Machida, an ex-title holder, tried his luck against Jones much to his dismay. Machida ended up being choked and with a limping body as he exited the octagon. In April 2012, Jones faced his ex-training partner named Rashad Evans who is also a former champion. Jones won the fight unanimously.
Rua, Jackson, Machida and Evans are all ex-champions that Jones clearly swept in a matter of a year.
Another case in point, Silva had won 15 consecutive fights. He was also able to defend his belt for exactly 9 times. Silva even dominated much of his fights from 2011 to 2012. That is, he dominated much of his fights until Chael Sonnen had a bout with him. Sonnen beat Silva who succumbed with a submission. He did it in less than 2 minutes of the 5th round.
While he walked out with the championship belt, Silva’s dominance of the middleweight category was actually dented compared to that of Jones’ in the light heavyweight category.
As such, even Silva is a more experienced fighter than Jones, beating more people than him, Jones ranked first in the pound for pound ranking.
Silva will exchange blows with Sonnen come June 7th. The middleweight belt will be at stake. However, this fight is not only about the belt but Silva’s legacy as a fighter. The question remains: will he able to live up with his pound for pound ranking?
If Silva won’t be able to win the fight, then there will be no questions on Jones’ UFC stature. If Silva ties with Sonnen with a draw, judging for the next ranking will be tough. However, if Silva will win the fight against Connen, there is no doubt that Silva will atop the list next time.
That’s for sure.