The fight with Gustafsson changed my viewpoint on "Bones" Jones, and I am now a fan of the Light Heavyweight Champion.
Prior to winning the belt, he beat lower level fighters such as Stephan Bonnar, Jake O'Brien, and Vladimir Matyushenko. In my eyes, Jones was being brought along at the perfect pace to progress his career. But Jones exploded and had a massive 2011, beating Bader, Shogun, Machida, and Rampage. He beat all these guys, all these veterans of the sport, and it wasn't even a struggle.
I asked myself how could a guy, who hadn't been training for more than five years, destroy fighters who were fighting at high levels for years?
And he made it look so easy. Every fight since he won the belt looked like a beat-down, with Jones leaving the cage without a scratch.
But the Gustafsson fight made Jon look human, and for the first time in his career he looked beatable. "The Mauler" made Bones prove he had "The Heart of a Champion." Instead of the usual easy win, Jones proved to me he could push through adversity and adapt to the challenge Alexander provided. I didn't like Jones partially because he never had to struggle to win it. Jones is no longer the new kid destroying veterans, to me he is a champion who passed his first real test on September 22.
*Thank you to AndrewHH for letting me link his article!