Five months after an impromptu, press-conference brawl, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and contender Daniel Cormier return to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on January 3 (10 P.M. EST, Pay Per View), to finally settle their score at UFC 182.
When I truly believe that the power of the universe resides within me (this belief waxes and wanes apparently) I act in such a way that I am able to tap it. Jesus or the Buddha or Winnie the Pooh, these are merely conduits for the almighty energy that lies in wait.
Heading into 2013, the UFC's dais of champions represented generations of MMA greatness, with legends like Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre being joined by greats like Cain Velasquez and Jon Jones, along with newer strapholders.
Rashad Evans doesn't even have to necessarily beat Jon Jones on Saturday -- he just has to prove that it can be done... one day... someday. Because, as it stands right now, that task seems a step too far for just about everybody in the division
So-called pioneers and innovators are often only relevant for as long as it takes the rest of the world to catch up. In a sport as impatient as mixed martial arts, it doesn't take long for fresh-faced originators to become blurred images on a VHS tape.