The current Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight champion has turned away another contender following the promotions latest pay per view effort.
Jon “Bones” Jones managed to garner yet another UFC Light Heavyweight title defense after narrowly defeating Brazilian challenger Thiago Santos in the main event of UFC 239. With another title fight under his belt, the question again arises as to who is next for one of the sports greatest?
Potential challengers are not the only plausible answers however. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the Nevada State Athletic Commission continue to dispute over the legality over Jones’ licensing over the course of the last year. However the possibility remains favorable that Jones will continue to fight without issue, according to Sportsbettingdime.com .
Jones next possible matchup however could be many. Should Jones continue to stay at Light Heavyweight, he would likely have to wait for a notable option to present itself as the number one contender. Few contenders make viable sense at 205. Dominick Reyes is ranked high at No. 4 but needs a more suitable winning streak. Corey Anderson is ranked somewhat too low and Johnny Walker, the newest threat at Light Heavyweight is still just that: new.
There are more options than just Light Heavyweight. For years fans have clamored for Jones to finally make the move up to Heavyweight and compete for the Heavyweight title. With Daniel Cormier, his biggest career rival, as the champion that fight also makes so much sense to both the fighters and the fans in terms of excitement and legacy. Cormier however may look to retire following his upcoming rematch against Stipe Miocic where the Heavyweight belt will be on the line.
Should Miocic come out the winner in that fight, it still leaves Jones with a viable bout that will make his jump up to Heavyweight extremely exciting. However if Cormier wins and promptly decides to retire, it leaves the Heavyweight division open for a new champion. Few things are more exciting than the thought of Jones moving up to fight the next viable Heavyweight contender in Francis Ngannou. Ngannou has torn through the Heavyweight a second time and now finds himself comfortably sitting just underneath Cormier and Miocic in the rankings after racking up three first-round knockouts.
No matter the option, it is certain that the mma world will most certainly be keeping a watchful eye over the always contraversial Jon “Bones” Jones.