MMA Power Rankings -- LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Monday, May 21
Just when it seems like Jon Jones has the world on a string, he gets himself into trouble outside the cage. Jones was arrested on suspicion of DWI in Binghamton, N.Y., after crashing his 2012 Bentley Continental GT into a telephone pole in the wee hours of the morning. Though fortunately nobody was hurt, Jones' image takes a bigger hit than anything he's absorbed in the Octagon by a gloved hand. Will this incident haunt him come Sept. 1 when he faces Dan Henderson? It's doubtful. But it might help the 24-year old grow up a little bit faster.
Meanwhile, a semi-forgotten name in the 205-pound division resurfaced in a big way when Rafael Cavalcante fleeced Mike Kyle in a rematch of their 2009 Strikeforce battle. "Feijao" wasted little time in doing it, too. He landed a big knee and followed it up with a barrage of punches that left the AKA product scrambling for his senses. Boom. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion is back with his second win in a row since losing to Henderson, which raises the question: What's next for "Feijao?" Muhammad Lawal isn't around, and Gegard Mousasi is recovering from an ACL injury.
When you look at the UFC's 205-pound division, the lack of challengers for Jones is pretty conspicuous. Even Alexander Gustafsson, who looked fantastic against Thiago Silva in April, is still a fight or two away from being a viable challenge for the title. And right now Gustafsson doesn't have an opponent because all the top-10 guys have dance partners. Would the UFC consider booking "Feijao" against Gustafsson in a No. 1 contender's bout to face the winner of Hendo/Jones? It's at least a consideration in a division where there are so few.