After defending his light heavyweight championship at UFC 239, Jon Jones remains the hunted at light heavyweight. Jones defended his belt against Thiago Santos and won via split decision. The fight was a lot closer than most people expected, and the biggest take away from the fight was that Jones looked beatable.
Other than Santos the only man who has been competitive when he fought Jon Jones was Daniel Cormier. Cormier is currently the heavyweight champion and will be defending his belt against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241. If Cormier wins we will most likely see Jones vs Cormier 3 before Cormier retires. The real question is, who has the best chance at stopping Jones’s title rain at light heavyweight?
The next title shot will most likely go to undefeated Dominick Reyes. Jones will still be a huge favorite heading into that fight. Even though Reyes is a talented fighter he is still not the biggest threat to Jones at light heavyweight. The biggest threat right now without a doubt is Johnny Walker.
Walker has been on an absolute tear at light heavyweight winning all three of his fights in the UFC by first-round KO or TKO. Walker is 6,6 and looks like a heavyweight fighting in the light heavyweight division.
Even though Walker is the taller man Jones still has the reach advantage. The reason why walker is such a threat is because of his power and unpredictability in the Octagon. Walker is known for his flashy style and has already become a fan favorite.
Walker is currently not cleared to fight because of a shoulder injury he sustained in his post-fight celebration after his last fight. We will most likely see him make his return in the fall of 2019. With one or two more impressive wins we will most likely get to see Jones vs Walker in early 2020. If Walker remains undefeated in the UFC and Jones remains dominant, this fight could potentially be one of the most highly anticipated fights in 2020.
-Stephen Caloggero (stevie_calo)