I’m going to put all those fans of Tito Ortiz to rest once and for all.
Jon Jones is the greatest light heavyweight in the world – now, before and ever.
At 26 years old, Jones has done more in his UFC career than that of many others – not just at 205 pounds, but from flyweight through heavyweight.
Take a quick look at the run “Bones” is currently on…go ahead, here is even a link to find it.
Whether you were in the corner that Jones beat Alexander Gustafsson or not, it goes down in the books as a “W” for the champ.
He easily finished Chael Sonnen, and survived a nasty armbar to submit Vitor Belfort.
Against Rashad Evans, Jones was in an unfavorable situation, as the two were former teammates, training partners and close friends. The decision was never in question, but he did fail to put “Suga” away.
Lyoto Machida got off some nice offense, but eventually went to sleep via a standing guillotine choke. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson? His power was silenced by Jones.
And, in a title-winning performance, Jones had little trouble dismantling Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
His pre-title run featured wins over Ryan Bader, Vladimir Matyushenko, Brandon Vera and Stephan Bonnar. Heck, even his loss – Matt Hamill – was a fight he dominated before being disqualified.
He has the most title defenses in a row in the division at six. Is the youngest fighter to win a title in the UFC. And joined a short-list that includes Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre by winning his 10th straight inside the Octagon.
Ortiz, who many considered the greatest until Jones started walking the walk, defeated Wanderlei Silva, Yuki Kondo, the late Evan Tanner, Elvis Sinosic, Matyushenko and Ken Shamrock.
Four of those were finishes, while the others went the distance.
Sure, a nice run for anybody, but does that compare to in-their-prime Machida, Evans and Gustafsson?
Not even close.
Jones still has plenty of time left in his career, and does eventually appear set for a move to heavyweight, but until that time, he will be known as the King of Light Heavyweight.