Rapper and actor LL Cool J released a CD several years ago entitled, “G.O.A.T.” When the UFC decides to do the same in video form for Jon Jones, they might want to get a copyright to use the same title.
Jones earned his seventh successful title defense of the UFC light heavyweight title Saturday night when he defeated Glover Teixeira at his own game – sticking in close and out-boxing the Brazilian.
The win was his 11th straight and has him third on the all-time list regardless of division for most title defenses in a row.
“Bones” started his era back in 2011 when he finished Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via TKO, and it has continued through the likes of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen. A small hiccup last year in a win over Alexander Gustafsson appeared to leave a crack in the armor of Jones, but he patched the hole and dismantled Teixeira.
As the Jones-Teixeira match started this weekend, a sense of possibility crept in the air. After watching Gustafsson control parts of the fight with Jones last September, that aurora of invincibility seemed gone from the champion.
Minutes later, it was back, as Jones almost yanked Teixeira’s shoulder off before landing elbow, after elbow, after elbow to his face; Teixeira walked out of the Octagon a bloody, broken, mess, while Jones looked like he had engaged in nothing more than a sparring session at Jackson’s MMA in New Mexico.
It is possible that Gustafsson just has a good feeling for what Jones is going to do based on their similarities, or, as Jones has said, he only gave 80-percent effort in training for “The Mauler? We’ll find out when they rematch later this year, and odds are that we’ll see the champion dominating like he does.
The Baltimore crowd soaked in every moment of Jones and his entrance, cheering him on throughout the five-round battle. Maybe you don’t like him for whatever reason, but we should all embrace seeing greatness inside the Octagon when we can.
Anderson Silva’s been beaten and broken, Georges St-Pierre is gone and who knows how long Ronda Rousey will remain in MMA before departing for Hollywood.
Jones is the current “Greatest Of All Time,” and he is well on his way to becoming the “GOAT” forever and always.