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Jon Jones may fight another 4 times this year.

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Which means there could be up to four light heavyweights who are about to have a very bad year.

UFC 205-pound champion Jon Jones, who is fresh off another dominant win inside the Octagon, this time over former division kingpin Lyoto Machida back at UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, capped off what could be one of the most dominant years in the promotion's history with four straight wins (and four straight finishes).

That was 2011.

In 2012, he hopes to do it all over again, despite his initial plans to take some time off, because the busy schedule can help him become a "better athlete," if that's even possible.

"Bones" breaks it all down for ESPN:

"My goal is to finish every fight in 2012. If I do that, a lot of other things will fall into place naturally. I want to finish every opponent. I've been thinking recently about trying to compete four times in the year again. I grew so much as a person that by doing that again in 2012 will just make me a better athlete. Originally I said I wanted to take off four or five months, but I may reconsider and come back sooner and have three or four fights this year."

Jones kicked off his 2011 fight campaign by defeating Ryan Bader to earn a 205-pound title shot against Mauricio Rua. Just six weeks later, he made the most of his opportunity by dominating "Shogun" at UFC 128 in a way not seen before.

His first title defense came against Quinton Jackson and Jones once again dominated, becoming just the second man in the history of MMA to submit "Rampage." Less than three months later, the Greg Jackson-trained phenom became the first man to submit Machida, putting him out cold with a standing guillotine choke.

That's 4-0, two title defenses, all finishes, against the best competition available, namely three of the four opponents being former champions. All in one year, folks.

Is this going to be a championship run not seen since the likes of Anderson Silva? Or will "Suga" Rashad Evans have something to say about his success in 2012?

Thoughts?

http://www.mmamania.com/2012/1/5/2684280/jon-jones-ufc-2012-fighter-year-octagon-bones

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Post #1   1/5/12 3:16:20PM   

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I doubt Jones will fight 4 times this year. Mostly likely it will be two and three if the year end card is lacking great fights.

Post #2   1/5/12 3:26:35PM   

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I can see him fighting 4. He's a young dude. And he doesn't really take on much damage in fights. If he can keep at the pace he is going, he can tally for fights in 2012.

Post #3   1/5/12 5:19:57PM   

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No way!! I got him fighting may in vegas. Then again in sept or oct. And maybe dec. No way he fights 4 times this year. Unless he main events against hendo in march

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Are there even 4 contenders for him to fight?

1. Evans/Davis winner
2. Hendo, if he doesn't take another fight
3. Gustafsson, prolly needs another fight
4. Igor, another fight or two.

Rogerio if he wins a no.1 contender fight, maybe shogun, or at least two more wins w/o shogun fight.

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See when he started out 2011, he wasn't champ so he could take more fights. Then didn't he take the shogun fight on short notice or whatever?

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He shouldn't. By the end of the year he said he felt the toll on his body. If he does that again he starts the year off without recovering from 2011. His next 4 fights would be under his potential.

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No way this happens. I'll happily eat my words if I get 4 title fights for the same division in one year, but in this sport, too much random shit can happen between injuries, upsets mixing up the contender picture... just the sheer amount of things that can go wrong makes this pretty much impossible.

Plus the earth is going to explode, so he has a smaller time frame than he would most years.

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Posted by Aether

Plus the earth is going to explode, so he has a smaller time frame than he would most years.



True, but that only takes him out of the year end card as the earth is exploding on December 21st.

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There arent 4 worthy opponents..

Post #10   1/6/12 11:02:14AM