What’s next for Jon Jones after his UFC light heavyweight title triumph over Daniel Cormier?
Jon Jones is once again the UFC’s undisputed light heavyweight champion, having knocked out Daniel Cormier in round 3 with a head kick and some brutal ground-and-pound after the knockdown. Jones called out Brock Lesnar in the post-fight interview, adding more fuel to the fire after initial (false) rumors that Lesnar had re-entered the USADA testing pool.
For our UFC 214 post-fight poll, we want to know who you want to see as Jones’ next opponent. Here are the four top candidates on the board:
Brock Lesnar. This fight has been rumored for a couple of weeks and is otherwise the biggest selling bout that Jones could take. Whether it’d be genuinely competitive is an entirely different story.
Stipe Miocic. Oh yeah, he’s the actual heavyweight champion. And depending on his contract situation, maybe the plans could change away from having Cain Velasquez be Stipe’s next opponent. The storyline is fairly simple: Jones wins and he becomes a simultaneous two-division champ, Miocic wins and he breaks the UFC record for consecutive heavyweight title defenses.
Alexander Gustafsson. Having come oh-so-close to beating Jones by decision back in 2013, Gustafsson has been clamoring for a rematch with “Bones.” Gustafsson is on a two-fight winning streak, with the Glover Teixeira KO really demonstrating what a dangerous offensive threat he still is. Remember, Gustafsson came very close to knocking Cormier out in the third round when they fought in 2015.
Volkan Oezdemir. In the span of five months, Oezdemir has beaten Ovince Saint Preux, and swiftly knocked out Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa. Chances are that Manuwa vs. Oezdemir was designed to be “Manuwa wins = Title shot, Oezdemir wins = No title shot” so this is the least likely fight to be booked, but he’s just burst onto the scene and become a genuine top-5 contender in the
depressingly bad light heavyweight division.
Cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of the page, and if you have a preference to an opponent not listed on here, please make your case in the comments section.