Jon Jones As Champion Is A Necessary Evil

By: Buju

On Monday, Dana White told ESPN that, if he felt ready, Jon Jones' return fight will be against Daniel Cormier in Anaheim at UFC 214 for the Light Heavyweight Championship. While White also left the option for Jones to take a tune-up fight, all signs point to Jones taking the championship opportunity. And while Jones has brought his fair share of problems to the UFC, they're still much better off with the belt around the waist of the former champion...

As I've said recently, the UFC 205 lb division is almost completely out of money fights and a Jones/DC rematch burns another one of the few left. After the probable UFC 214 main event (and presumable Jones win), the only compelling stand-alone PPV main events in the division would be a Jones rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, and a possible matchup with the recently retired Anthony Johnson. The only draw left after those fights (if those fights even happen in the first place) would be Jones as champion trying to cement his legacy as the greatest of all time. 

As much as Jon Jones may be a detriment to the organization he works for at times, his drawing power and octagon prowess speaks for itself. While the attention his brings outside of the cage has hurt him, the attention he draws inside of the UFC octagon is as one of the best to ever compete. Undefeated in 23 professional bouts (if you bring up Matt Hammil, GTFOH) with 10 of those being for the world title, his reputation as a top 5 or even top 3 all time competitor is hard to argue. The intrigue of the UFC Light Heavyweight division after UFC 214 will be whether or not Jones has enough time to move himself into that illusive "Greatest Of All Time" spot in the eyes of the MMA masses...

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