MEIGS: On Jon Jones and Cody Garbrandt – The continued rise of the GOAT and the downward spiral of a former champion

by Gary Meigs, MMATorch Contributor

Mar 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jon Jones (red gloves) and Anthony Smith (blue gloves) during UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

There aren’t many words left to describe Jon Jones. He once again showed why in the words of Bret Hart he is “The Best There Is the Best There Was and the Best There Ever Will Be.” This fight was a clinic with a world-class athlete taking apart an up and comer with a future in the world of MMA. I do disagree with Anthony “Lionheart” Smith when he said “I don’t feel like I got run through” and “I  don’t feel like he beat the …. out of me.” Smith thinks “there’s no other 205 pounders going to mess with him.” I’d like to see a number one contenders match between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Smith. The winner of that match could face the winner of Jon Jones and Thiago Santos. If Jones won those two fights who wouldn’t love to see him move up and go for the heavyweight title.

Now on to the possible end of the once bright future of Cody Garbrandt. What has happened to the former bantamweight champion? He has made the same mistake for the third fight in a row. With Munhoz constantly attacking with kicks and counter punches he like TJ Dillashaw before him got Garbrandt fighting with emotion and not his head. Pedro Munhoz said this was “exactly the fight he visualized.” Munhoz called this “one of the best finishes of my career.” What is there left for Cody in the UFC? A trilogy with TJ makes no sense because what does Dillashaw have to gain? I also don’t see how he gets another title shot. Maybe when and if Henry Cejudo wins the Bantamweight championship. Even then is he a favorite or does it move the needle? Maybe Dana White should take a hard look and make the tough decision to let Cody out of his contract to possibly fight with Bellator so he can possibly resurrect his career.

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