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People can stop calling Jon "Bones" Jones the future of MMA, because the future is now. Bones is the LHW champion and he stands literally and figuratively head and shoulders above the rest of the division. His Muay Thai techniques, and the way he varied his attacks with them, were a thing of beauty, and after the fight, Shogun Rua gave him props not only for his Muay Thai skills, but in general as a fighter, saying "He's the man."
Shogun was very classy in defeat, and Jones was amazing in victory. The universe truly did step aside for him (or was thrown on its head by him) and I believe that the only real challenges for Bones now is in the heavyweight division.
Jones did sustain a possible broken right hand in the fight. There's no confirmation as of yet, but we're keeping an eye on that story.
Overall, the UFC in Newark was great. There was not a single question or negative comment about the judges or other officials, and the show went off without a hitch. Nick Lembo, counsel to the NJSACB and Commissioner Aaron Davis, did a masterful job with the officials and with keeping the event controversy free.
The UFC returns to the area with a show in Philly in August, and that's another great treat for East Coast fight fans.