Bones vs. the Heavyweights?
I don't see anyone challenging JJ at 205. Yeah yeah yeah, that's what they all say when a new 205 champ is crowned, but JJ does seem like a different kind of animal.
How would this man child fare against the heavyweights? Let's project into the future, say a year from now, assuming JJ puts on 15 lbs. of lean mass, and doesn't cut, walking into the cage at 245 lbs.
1. Cain: Cain's wrestling is fantastic. His hands are the fastest not only at HW, but among the fastest in combat sports. Without exaggeration, his hand speed is reminiscent of a young Tyson's. I give Cain the decisive advantage for now. In 1.5 years, JJ has the potential to improve to a frightening degree.
2. JDS: his striking is ferocious. He hits very hard and has a granite chin. His TDD is unproven against great wrestlers however. Even odds.
3. Carwin: his gas tank is perhaps the smallest of any top ranked MMA fighter. After 3 minutes, Carwin would be helpless against JJ, assuming JJ could survive Carwin's boxing until then. 40/60 in favor of JJ.
4. Brock: Brock does not like to get hit. Right now, Brock's incredible size gives him the wrestling edge. JJ's striking could easily frustrate Brock, however, and I think Brock would be surprised by JJ's unique combination of strength and reach. 35/65 in favor of JJ.
5. Mur. Yikes!
6. Cro Cop. Yikes!
7. Roy Nelson. Yikes!
8. Big Nog. Bog Nog gets retired by JJ.
9. Couture. Intriguing.