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Can Cain Velasquez beat Jon Jones?

Cain Velasquez was reported by MMAFighting as saying he wants to fight Jon Jones.

"I hope so...I'll try to make that happen" - Cain Velasquez in response to a potential fight with Jon Jones

Velasquez's credentials speak for themselves, he is the former UFC Heavyweight champion. He's also close friend and training partner to the man who Jones has beaten handily twice: Daniel Cormier (albeit in murky circumstances for the second fight). The story line is already there and perhaps if we were back in the early days of the UFC, we would label this potential fight card something quotidian like: Vengeance.

Let’s assume we live in a parallel existence where Khabib Nurmagomedov gets to fight Tony Ferguson, where Sage Northcutt is above 3% bodyfat, where Derrick Lewis has shorts that provide apt aeration. In this world, Cain Velasquez stays injury free enough to fight a Jon Jones who remains on the right side of his extra curricular activities. So, what are the chances that Velasquez beats Jones?

The reality is Jones has looked unbeatable, from his head kick stoppage of current Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier to his dissection of Alexander Gustafsson. Many cannot see anyone but a heavyweight causing issues for Jones. The big question mark that has always loomed for Jones was, could he hang in there with a bigger man? When Jones fought Gustafsson the first time around, Gustafsson caused serious problems for Jones with his boxing and surprisingly elite grappling prowess. Many attributed this to Jones’ size advantage being diminished against Viking-like Gustafsson. However, Jones always protested the fight was closer than it should have been because he did not take his opponent seriously. Jones must have known something we didn’t because he left no doubt left in their second clash at UFC 232 with a submission victory.

So, enter the whispers of the one man who can end Jones’ reign: Cain Velasquez. Velasquez was the former Heavyweight champion and has beaten a long row of bad men. He’s beaten taller opponents like Travis Browne and Antonio Silva, he’s beaten men with longer reach like Ben Rothwell, he’s defeated striking maestros like Junior Dos Santos and Cheick Kongo and stopped highly decorated wrestlers like Brock Lesnar. However, unfortunately for Velasquez, Jones is all these traits bundled up into one. Velasquez is a pressure fighter and Jones will want to keep the fight at distance with his unorthodox oblique kicks. This will be a battle of range and wrestling. Velasquez has the ability to beat Jones but it will be his sternest test to date.

Who do you think takes this potential match up of giants?

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