What is Next For Jon ‘Bones’ Jones Josh Davis May 23, 2011 News The UFC on Versus II brought us some great fights and answered some interesting questions. However it also brought up one big question. The biggest question coming out of last nights UFC on Versus II event was what is next for Jon “Bones” Jones. The fight between Jones and Matyushenko was billed as the biggest test of the young Jones’ career. It was supposed to be his toughest test to date. Matyushenko was supposed to be the man that could push Jones and put him in positions and situations that he had not been in before. This was not the case. Jones walked right through Matyushenko liked he has walked right through the rest of the competition that he has faced. Jones continues to prove the hype. He continues to dominate everybody that is put in front of him. So what is next for Jones? In a post fight interview with Versus, Jones indicated that he wanted to fight a top five light heavy weight, as long it was not Rashad Evans. With that in my mind, there are not many fights available to Jones unless he wants to wait to fight until some time next year. Shogun is out of action until early spring and his next fight will be against Evans once Shogun’s knee has healed. Lyoto Machida is scheduled to face Rampage Jackson in November. With four of the top five fighters already having fight commitments who should the UFC have Jones fight next? The choices that make sense here would be either Rich Franklin or Forrest Griffin. Franklin makes sense for both fighters for a couple of reasons. Franklin has stated in recent interviews that he wants to make a run at the title, and after his recent knockout over Chuck Lidell at UFC 115, Franklin put himself in the mix. A win over the rising star Jones could lift Franklin right into title contention. For Jones, a win over Franklin not only proves the hype but proves that he can be top level talent. A win over Franklin would certainly earn him a title shot in 2011. The Griffin fight also makes sense for very similar reasons. Griffin is trying to work his way back up the ladder and needs a win over some of the division’s top fighters to earn himself another shot at the title he once held. A win over Jones would go a long way in helping him up that ladder. As for Jones, a win over a former champion in Griffin would do wonders for his career. With a win over Griffin, Jones again would prove that he can not only compete with but he can beat top level competition as well. Either way, these fights would do wonders for shaping out the UFC’s light heavy weight division. For now though, Jones will certainly enjoy his recent victory and the rest of us will have to wait and see what the UFC, Dana White and Joe Silva chose to do.