We’ve finally reached that point. Jon Jones has no deserving title contenders for him after Dan Henderson. Is there anymore proof we need than Dana White’s announcement he made this week?
White stated the most impressive winner of Vera-Shogun and Machida-Bader earns the next shot at the light heavyweight title. Assuming Jones defeats Henderson the four possibilities for Jones have all been defeated by Jones and each victory has been in impressive fashion.
Who deserves the title shot against Jones? Shogun was dominated for three rounds before finally being choked out, Vera was knocked out and had his orbital broken in less than a round, Machida looked decent against the champ for one round before being choked unconscious and Bader was choked out in the second round to give Jones his title shot against Shogun.
None of these fighters have done enough to earn a title shot either. Machida hasn’t fought since his loss to Jones and Shogun is comin off a loss, albeit a close loss, to Henderson. Brandon Vera is 1-2 in his last three fights, but if you count the fight with Thiago Silva as a loss he’s 1-3.
The only fighter remotely close to a title shot is Bader who defeated Rampage in his last fight, but that wasn’t the Rampage of old.
This is the Jon Jones effect. Remember the three opponents Anderson Silva fought from UFC 90 to UFC 112? They were Patrick Cote, Thales Leites and Demian Maia. Three average, but undeserving title fights.
Get ready to see this for Jones at 205. He may even follow in the footsteps of Silva too. Jones will defend his title against undeserving opponents, but move up to heavyweight like he’s suggested during the off time.
Eventually Jones may get his Chael Sonnen to challenge him, but until then we’re looking at the Jon Jones effect. It turns a deep division to an extremely shallow division and makes everyone undeserving of a title shot.