Hate him all you want, but Jon Jones has no equal in the world of mixed martial arts.
In a time when challengers are coming from all parts of the game, “Bones” has turned back each and every single one of them to remain UFC light heavyweight champion.
And he’s doing it by beating them at their own game.
Saturday night at UFC 182, Jones earned a decision over Daniel Cormier by taking him down several times. Cormier, a former U.S. Olympic wrestler, was able to bring Jones to the mat just once.
He’s defeated the likes of Glover Teixeira, Alexander Gustafsson, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Rashad Evans, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua before.
There is no equal to Jones right now.
On the post-fight show after, he let it be known that taking Cormier into deep waters was the plan. This is the same challenger who goes round-for-round, day-after-day with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
“He says he’s the king of the grind, but he’s not,” Jones said. “I knew once his cardio started to become a factor, he was going to look for a way out.
“This was not the toughest fight of my career.”
Jones provided Gustafsson with that label, and a rematch could finally come to fruition if “The Mauler” is able to get past Anthony Johnson soon. From there, becoming the third multi-division champion in UFC history is all that is left for Jones to achieve.
Appreciate the greatness that we are witnessing right now. Embrace it.