|Jon "Bones" Jones. (DOMINIC CHAN/WENN.COM)
TORONTO - There’s no other way to put it: Jon Jones looked untouchable against Quinton (Rampage) Jackson at UFC 135 last weekend. With his diverse striking and unpredictable approach, you have to wonder who can best the UFC light-heavyweight champion.
The four headlining fighters of Saturday’s UFC on Versus 6 card all weigh in on what it will take to bury ‘Bones.’
“The person that’s going to beat Jon Jones is someone with great striking fundamentals in terms of defence — checking kicks — and great boxing. You have to threaten him with your hands and have the fundamentals of closing the distance because of his reach.
“And you have to have that wrestling aspect. The only way to beat Jon Jones is to put him on his back … You have to get those takedowns in to throw his rhythm off and tire him out a bit.
“A great boxer, with kickboxing defence (and takedowns) will give him hell.”
“I think it’s his time now; it’s his era. He’s always learning, he’s very humble and I think it’s very hard to beat someone like that.
“Anderson (Silva), Jones and Jose Aldo, when they get in the ring, they’re trying to kill you. They don’t care what it takes, they’re going to finish you. And those guys, they’re just in that era when they’re unbeatable and I don’t see anybody beating those guys in a very long time.”
“Jon Jones has the Mike Tyson effect — the same thing as Anderson Silva. Both of those guys are going to lose eventually. It has to happen; everybody’s got to lose. But what has to happen is someone has to get in the ring that’s not afraid of them.
“Just off of his last few fights, people get in the ring with Jon Jones and you can see it in their body language. (They’re thinking), ‘At some point he’s going to do something ridiculous that I cannot identify. Something’s going to hit me and I’m just going to wake up later on.’ This guy can fight you anywhere, but he’s just developed his aura that’s really intimidating.”
“You need someone who’s not afraid to strike with him and end up on their back. A really good Brazilian jiu jitsu guy, maybe. That may be the key to beat him. Someone with great leglocks. He’s got long legs and maybe you need to get a hold of them.
“It’s going to be really interesting to see the fight with Rashad (Evans) because I think Rashad is a lot quicker. I think maybe he could do it.”