Jon Jones vs. UFC Heavyweight Champion
Jon Jones risks facing a similar fate to Aldo in 2015. He has dominated the UFC Light Heavyweight since he won the title from Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in March 2011 and has gone on to beat a who’s who of fighters ever since.
From Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson & Lyoto Machida to Rashad Evans, Jones has firmly established himself as the King of the 205ers in the UFC.
He does face an interesting challenge in Daniel Cormier this weekend, though, with the 36-year-old former Olympic wrestler undefeated in 15 MMA fights, 13 of which were at Heavyweight.
Jones also faces the ever present challenge of Alexander Gustafsson, who gave Jones by far his most challenging fight as champion in their fight at UFC 165.
Anthony Johnson also remains someone to watch in the division, and will possibly be the next challenger for the belt should be beat Gustafsson in their upcoming fight.
Should Jones win his next fight or two though, there will be few fighters in the UFC Light Heavyweight division left who will be a major threat to Jones.
Jones previously said he would move up to Heavyweight in 2014 if he stayed champion, and while he reneged on that promise, 2015 could be the year he moves up.
He would be a welcome addition to the Heavyweight division and an interesting challenge for either Velasquez or Werdum, who are faced with a relatively shallow division at present.
While it is unclear whether Jones will indeed move up to the Heavyweight division, a Heavyweight Superfight between Jones and Velasquez/Werdum should be made in 2015 if he continues to dominate at 205.