Many believe UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is the future of mixed martial arts. If you ask company president Dana White (Pictured), the 24-year-old’s potential and past accomplishments don’t necessarily warrant some of the accolades he has received.
“Beating [Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua] is a big deal, and especially the way he beat him,” White told 5thRound.com. “Beating a guy like Vladamir Matyushenko the way he beat him is a big deal. I’ve had a beef with how high they’ve had him in the pound-for-pound rankings.
“If he goes in and does to [Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson] what he’s done to everybody else, then I’ll have nothing to say about his pound-for-pound status. And Jon Jones is for real.”
MMA rankings are far from objective, particularly when dealing with the P4P pecking order. However, depending upon where you look, Jones can rate as low as number five while taking the top billing on others lists.
The surprises didn’t stop there for White, as he was also shocked Jones was a whopping 6-to-1 favorite to retain his strap against the only man to unify the Pride FC and UFC 205-pound titles.
“It’s amazing,” White expressed of Rampage’s long shot status. “It just goes to show what the world thinks of Jon Jones, and especially the bookies.”
Jones owns a practically perfect 13-1 professional record, with his lone blemish coming in a disqualification loss to now-retired Matt Hamill in December of 2009. He has since rattled off four convincing victories en route to capturing the crown.
“Bones” makes his first title defense tomorrow night when he headlines UFC 135 opposite Rampage. The Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado will host the showdown.