Wednesday, Sept. 11
Is the worst already behind Jon Jones? Or is it still ahead? Jones has beat the who's who of the light heavyweight division: Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida. But in addition to being a wickedly accomplished list of names, is it not also a list of fading names? Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira might not carry the same weight in terms of name recognition, but if Jones thinks the hardest part of the division is in the rearview mirror, there's a chance he's in for a big surprise. As much as we've loved watching Jones ascend to greatness over a list of MMA legends, we're not ready to say it's smooth sailing from here on out. Gustafsson and Teixeira will present their own sets of problems, and unlike some of his previous opponents, they're still in their respective primes. For his sake, we hope Jones takes them seriously.