Just How Good Is Jon Jones?
Jon Dwight Jones is, by no doubt, one of the greatest fighters. His long-awaited return to the octagon attracted masses after a three-year absence, and as expected, he did not disappoint at UFC 285. He went on to win the bout in a dominating fashion and got a first-round submission stoppage in just two minutes, and immediately became the new heavyweight champion. But just how good is Jon Jones? Is he the greatest of all time, or will his next fights be harder? Let’s take a look at some of his accomplishments.
Impressive Fighting Record
Jon started fighting at an early age. He has had an illustrious MMA career with an impressive fighting record. He currently boasts a fighting record of 27-1-0. This fighting record makes him the favorite to wager on Ohio sportsbook promos.
He has never been knocked out or submitted in the UFC, with his only major loss being a disqualification. He was controversially disqualified in his 2009 fight against Matt Hamil. Jones was accused of throwing some illegal elbows, which got him disqualified in this fight that he was dominating. This fight was his third UFC appearance and it gave him the only loss in his career.
Youngest UFC Champion
Jon Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history at just the age of 23. He dominantly defeated Mauricio Rua back in 2011 to become the light heavyweight champion just four years after joining the fighting promotion. No other athlete has ever accomplished such impressive feats. However, the 18-year-old Raul Rosas Jr. hopes to break this record and become the youngest UFC champion in the near future.
Most Title Defenses in the UFC
Greatness seems to follow him everywhere. Jon Jones has so far had 16 title fights and won all of them. He boasts of having a UFC record of 15 successful title defenses. These stats are even higher than the undefeated middleweight, Khabib Nurmagomedov. He has defended his title for a record time since winning it first at 23. The only time he wasn’t champion was when he got stripped of it due to some controversial issues that led him to vacate the title.
Two Division Champion
Jon Jones is a two-division champion. He won the light heavyweight title in 2011 when he was 23. He became the heavyweight champion at 35 after getting a submission victory against Ciryl Gane. The UFC is planning a match-up against Stipe Miocic in his next title defense match. Stipe Miocic is one of the greatest heavyweights, having once ruled the two divisions before losing to Francis Nganou in March 2021. This is quite an anticipated matchup as these two heavyweights collide to determine who among themselves is the greatest.
Longest Winning Streak
Jones holds the record for the longest winning streak in the UFC record. After becoming champion, Jon Jones has been firing on all cylinders, becoming a two-time champion and maintaining a spotless record of 19 wins. This is the longest winning streak ever recorded by a UFC fighter. His victory over Ciryl Gane in UFC 285 only extended his winning streak and further cemented his legacy as the greatest.
Jon Jones is arguably the best talent of his generation. He hit career highs at such an early age and has never looked back ever since. He currently holds the heavyweight belt, and we could only expect more from him as he gears up to meet some of the greatest fighters in the UFC.