It was back at UFC 128 in March of 2011 when Jon Jones first captured UFC gold by defeating Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua by way of third round TKO.
At the time, Jones’ victory over Rua improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 13-1 overall. The Rochester natives lone career loss had come by way of disqualification, in a fight he was dominating, against Matt Hamill.
Since defeating the Brazilian legend in ‘Shogun’, Jon Jones has gone on to become arguably the greatest fighter the world has ever seen, posting a record of 12-0 (1 no contest).
During that stretch Jones has taken out the likes of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson (x2), Daniel Cormier, Glover Teixeira, Ovince Saint Preux, Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos.
Jones next fight will take place this February in Houston when he squares off with undefeated challenger Dominick Reyes in the main event of UFC 247.
It will mark a tough obstacle for the champion, but one he is confident that he will take in stride.
Earlier tonight, ‘Bones’ took to Twitter to reflect on his longevity as UFC Champion as showcased in the photo below.
— BONY (@JonnyBones) December 28, 2019
As seen above, Jon Jones is the last man left standing from an era of UFC champions which included: Cain Velasquez, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo and Dominick Cruz.
While Jon Jones is clearly focused on his upcoming bout with Reyes, he is not ruling out a future move to heavyweight in 2020.
According to ‘Bones’, the promotion was considering put him in a title fight with Stipe Miocic, but those plans have been put on hold in order to promote a trilogy fight between the Cleveland native and Daniel Cormier.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com December 28, 2019
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