Jon Jones is overrated, he hasn’t fought anyone credible, he’s a product of the UFC’s powerful hype machine … blah, blah, blah. The talented 23-year-old heard every reason why he wasn’t supposed to capture the light heavyweight title at UFC 128, but “Bones” left no doubt on Saturday night that his time has arrived.
After playing a real life superhero earlier in the day, Jones proceeded to run through Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to go down as the youngest champion in Octagon history.
“It feels so good,” Jones stated. “It’s a testament that dreams do come true. Believe in yourself, and once you get there, don’t slow down. It comes true, everybody.”
Unfortunately for Shogun, he was outgunned from the jump. Jones came out with a flying knee to start the fight and planted the Brazilian on his back seconds after. While fans were surprised Shogun managed to survive the violent onslaught, he wasn’t quite as fortunate when Jones came back for more in the 3rdRound.
“It means a lot to me, but now I know I have a huge target on my back,” Jones said. “And when you guys come and strike at me, I’ll be ready to strike right back.”
Rashad Evans now has his sights set on the youngster. Although the teammates previously professed they would stick to the bros before belts philosophy preached at Greg Jackson’s camp, it appears they will take a professional approach to their showdown.
Evans previously stated he would likely leave Jackson’s if he was forced to fight Jones.