Reason 3: One-of-a-kind athleticism

Simply put, there has never been anybody in the sport of MMA who has put forth the well-rounded athletic capabilities that Jones has.

With a staggering 84.5 inch reach and dynamic range control, Jones has bewildered opponents in the past with better footwork, stronger exchanges, longer combinations, quicker transitions and an unheralded ability to launch unorthodox attacks from all angles and spaces.

Anderson Silva is a very close comparison in this department, as is Georges St-Pierre, but neither one of those guys possessed the intricate athletic fortitude that Jones did on the feet, on the canvas, and in the clinch.

Dan is a former contributor, MMA featured columnist, editor and a University of Tennessee graduate. He has been featured on Countdown to UFC 171 and SiriusXM Fight Club, while covering events such as: UFC 169 Barao vs. Faber II; UFC on Fuel TV Korean Zombie vs. Poirier; UFC on FX Browne vs. Bigfoot; UFC on FX Maynard vs. Guida; Bellator 123 Curran vs. Freire.