Many people consider UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to be unbeatable. So far his record proves those people right, but after T.J. Dillashaw defeated bantamweight champion Renan Barao at UFC 173, the MMA world is reminded that anything is possible.
Barao had not lost since 2005, armed with a 32-1 record going into the weekend. Dillashaw was a +500 underdog. He went into the cage with little to no expectations and walked out an undisputed champion.
Jones sits at the top of the mountain, thwarting every attempt to take claim his throne. His last win by a narrow margin against Alexander Gustafsson began the conversation about whether or not Jones could ever be vanquished. Ask Barao or Dillashaw their opinion, and the are both likely to side with the idea that seemingly unbeatable champions can fall.
Who then will dethrone the vicious elbow-throwing killer? Many think Gustafsson has what it takes to go the distance with Jones again and eek out a win by decision. There is another beast lurking in the wings, however.
After Daniel Cormier ragdolled Dan Henderson for three rounds at UFC 173, it became apparent that there is legitimate pressure expanding against Jones. Cormier is confident in a matter-of-fact way that Jones is holding his title belt and he is simply coming to take it away.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it did sure did burn in one day. Nobody can stay champ forever and if Barao could speak English, he would no doubt be warning Jones not to sleep on any opponent, to stay in shape and to install a security system. When his belt goes missing, Cormier’s waist will be be a good place to look for it.