Midnight Mania! Is Light Heavyweight Better Off Without Jones?
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Despite officially abandoning the division and remaining in an extended state of negotiation purgatory, Jon Jones’ name still hangs over the Light Heavyweight division. Champion Jan Blachowicz may be done chasing the fight, but there’s still a percentage of the fan base that only thinks about the 205-pound belt in the context of “Bones.”
Half of tomorrow night’s main event, Anthony Smith, however, believes that Jones’ absence has really allowed the division’s talent to shine and gain further appreciation. Furthermore, Smith explained that he feels the gap between Jones has closed, both between the division and himself.
“On the worst night of my life, obviously he won every round, he beat me, he won a decision,” Smith told MMAFighting. “I take full responsibility for that but that was the worst performance and the worst day of my life and the greatest of all time didn’t blow me out of the water and embarrass me or injure me?” Smith said. “It never even felt like I was in danger. It’s not a knock on Jon. As much as me and Jon don’t get along, I give him all the praise in the world. He deserves everything that he’s got. That man is potentially the greatest of all time and he’s earned that. But we’re not that far off. We’re really not that far off and especially now. I feel like I still believed then, I said it right after, I can beat that guy. I know I can beat that guy. I just didn’t show up and that’s my fault and he did a great job of shutting me down.”
“You’re going to tell me Jan Blachowicz doesn’t have a chance against Jon Jones?” Smith concluded. “Get the f*ck out of here. That’s crazy.”
If Smith is victorious vs. Ryan Spann, “Lionheart” will once again find himself in the Light Heavyweight title mix. Meanwhile, Jones’ future remains up in the air.
A Final Bit Of Self-Promotion
I tried my best but didn’t get it done last night. I have a full write up coming shortly, but until then, I wanted to send out one more thank you to everyone who supported (plus the only HL clip I saw for better or worse).
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