Jon Jones would be sizable underdog to Cain Velasquez in superfight
Maybe Jon Jones isn't the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world after all.
If Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, meets heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in a superfight, Velasquez would be the favorite - by a considerable margin. BestFightOdds.com has Velasquez listed as nearly a 3-to-1 favorite (-275), while Jones is at +215.
In layman's terms, if you bet $100 on Jones, the underdog, you get a cool $215 payout. Most people would probably jump all over that, but let's not forget Velasquez will have advantages over Jones in strength and striking power.
Actually, maybe this shouldn't come as a terrible surprise. Jones would be moving up in weight, into Velasquez' domain. Jones, who wants a fight with Velasquez before the end of 2014, admits he would have to put on about 10 pounds of muscle to get to 240 pounds, around what Velasquez usually weighs in at.
Still, Jones would have the edge in speed and pure athleticism. It's an intriguing fight and probably the best one the UFC could realistically put on in the near future.
But all this begs the question - if the pound-for-pound top fighter in the world would be an underdog against another fighter, is he really the pound-for-pound best? And Velasquez isn't even considered to be one of the top three with Georges St-Pierre and Jose Aldo ahead of him. The UFC media rankings also have Anderson Silva over Velasquez, who sits at No. 5.
Maybe a better question would be: What do these silly rankings mean in the first place? When it comes to gambling, clearly nothing.