You also have to take into account that Jones also has not fought anyone near the title picture. No contenders, top fighter. Nothing. He beat Vera and Bader and now gets fast tracked to the top.
I do applaud him, but does this mean that we should assume he would beat every top fighter and just give him the champ as well? Forrest is on a 2 fight win streak. Rampage just beat Machida. Machida is still a top fighter. Why does Jones skip all of them and get Shogun?
Me too. I see that while Jones has me impressed, there are also other fighters that are in a similar situation. Thiago Silva while he lost to Rashad, hurt him badly and actually made it a great fight. He demolished Vera as did Jones. He also finished Jardine. In my opinion, they are in a similar spot. But Jones gets a shot at the title?
Forrest beat Franklin who is better than anyone Jones has even fought but is nowhere in the title talks. But yet Jones gets an actual shot.
Rampage is most definitely ranked higher, but Jones gets to skip him as well?
Right and he should prove he can survive before getting thrown to the top.He didn't have to prove it against a top LHW, the UFC pretty much gift wrapped a title shot.
Nice rebutal. As for rankings I have Rampage, Evans, and Machida all above Bones for the very reasons you stated. I went back and forth with him and Forrest at #5, and finally gave the higher position to Jones mainly because of activity. Your right He hasn't defeated any former Champions. I undertand that others have more impressive wins, but since Jones has only been in MMA for three years, how can you expect his resume to compare to those that you mentioned.
There are two reason he has been fast-tracked. One, he has been very exciting. Excitment sells tickets. So from a business aspect the match-up makes alot of sense to the UFC. I mean their pretty much promoting it, with the stuff we are discussing daily. Old Vet vs. New Lion. Proven vs. Untested.
Second he has pasted every test with flying colors. The keep on give him progessively tougher opponets and no one has found an answer for him.
Plus lets look at the other guys you mention.
Rashadd: Had the fight had to pull out
Machida: Just loss, this isn't Strikeforce no gets a shot after a loss, however I personally think he won.
Forrest: I knew he was suspended after his last fight. I'm not sure if he can fight yet.
but to be competely honest that fight happened after Jones was awarded the fight. I love Forrest but let's face it he's been kinda spotty and unactively lately.
Page: Is who I figured they would give the fight to. But he was schulded to fight Thiago at the time, but its not like that haven't changed fights before.