Who has the best odds to defeat Jones?

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There is little to no money to be made on "Bones" when you visit your local bookie or online -- he's emerged as the consummate heavy favorite. He has run through his division and opponents like a hot knife into butter.

On the flip side of that coin, perhaps there is a Matt Serra-like underdog waiting in the wings to land one big shot and turn the mixed martial arts (MMA) world upside-down.

As it stands today, the 205-pound division has three viable challengers; however, only two of them can secure a title fight in 2012. Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans and Phil Davis are all in the direct sight lines of the Greg Jackson-trained pupil and seemingly unbeatable champion.

None of them have the same elusive and unpredictable striking as Lyoto Machida, who at UFC 140 got the better of an impressive exchange over Jones, clipping the long-limbed champion with a solid punch when he threw a leg kick. In fact, it was perhaps the first time we've ever seen Jones in a position of danger inside the Octagon.

Can any of these three contenders replicate that striking?

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Ramon Maroni - Hendo

You're out of your mind. Hendo has about 5% chance of landing that "H' bomb.

I don't think that there is a light heavyweight out there right now to beat him. I think Machida was stylistically his toughest fight and he passed with flying colors.

The other fighters are more straight forward. People might say Rashad, due to his explosiveness. Can Rashad hold him down?? If he can do it like he says in practice then he might have a chance but practice and fighting is different.

Don't even say Anderson Silva, he will get clowned in the wrestling department.

You have to be kidding with the king-mo comment............... Phone Post

King Mo or Hendo

StayRad - 
Blaat - You have to be kidding with the king-mo comment............... <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>
You have to be joking if u think jones would easily beast him. I'm not saying 100% he would beat jones but he would give him a much better match that hendo <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>

Yep, I agree. His wrestling is better and his reach is much longer then hendo.

Don't get me wrong hendo is one tough sob but the man is lacking diversity in his fighting style and is a one trick pony.



King Mo
Hendo Phone Post


Machida in a rematch Phone Post

The reality is that the guy that is going to beat jones has to have better wrestling and be able to put him on his back. Who ever can do that will be beat him. That's the big if.

ortman166 - Machida in a rematch <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>

If Machida can keep it standing his chances are very good. But Jones is going to take him down and throw those eye socket breaking elbows.

rashad, has slight chance because of his explosive speed.
Flash KO and then he has to swarm on Jones.



Still Machida.

JDS. There is no one at LHW that can beat him right now.

 "I believe the best light heavyweight of all time is the Rashad Evans that stepped into the ring on Saturday night [at UFC 133]. A lot of people are really missing it, they're like 'Well, he beat Tito and Tito wasn't quite ready' and I'm going 'wait a minute, Tito's always ready.' Secondly, let's understand Tito hit Rashad so hard two different times. Once with a cross and once with a hook that would have sent most people down and Rashad walked right through it. Let's understand Rashad was caught in a choke and found his way out. Let's understand Rashad went on an absolute sprint where I thought 'wow, this is great' because I'm cheering for Tito and he's punching himself out. Not only did he not punch himself out he did about two or three more of those sprints in the fight and then he finally did get the finish. The Rashad Evans that was in the ring that night, people really need to look at that performance. That was flat-out scary. Rashad moves his record to 18-1, that's the best record in our industry, a former champion, he could walk away right now and he will go down in the hall of fame."

-Chael Sonnen


^^ Interesting.