Why Jon “Bones” Jones is the Greatest Fighter in UFC?

Everybody knows this guy, right? If not then, let me explain it. Jon Jones is a mixed martial artist signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), wherein he is the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and he is the youngest champion in UFC history. Jones is known to be one of the greatest fighters of all time and ranked #1 light heavyweight fighter in the world by different media outlets. In different publications, Jones also ranked the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and last January 2014, he is #1 official UFC pound-for-pound ranking. Isn’t he great?


In his early career, when Jones was in high school he was a wrestler and a state champion as well. He was also a football player and because of his slight frame his coach called him “Bones”. When he was in college he studied Criminal Justice but later on decided to drop out of college to pursue his MMA career.

Things went well with Jones, in his early days in MMA, Jones had an undefeated record of 6-0 over a period of 3 months, finishing all of his opponents. This is the reason why he got the attention of the UFC.

Jon Jones VS Andre Gusmao

When Jones entered UFC his first debut came against Andre Gusmao. In their fight he had an impressive performance, using takedowns and displaying unorthodox striking. Jones took a unanimous decision victory.

Jon Jones VS Stephan Bonnar


His second fight was against Stephan Bonnar. In this fight, Jones showed superior in wrestling abilities and executed strong takedowns and powerful throws including suplex. It was also an impressive performance wherein Jones landed a back-elbow that nearly knocked out his opponent during the first round. In this fight, Jones won with a unanimous victory.

Jon Jones Vs Jake O’Brien

The third fight was against Jake O’Brien. The fight was controlled my Jones. The fight ended with a guillotine choke which rendered his opponent briefly unconscious after he tapped.

Due to Jon Jones victories he was rewarded by signing a new-four contract with the UFC.

Jon Jones VS Matt Hamill

After the contract signing, he faced off against Matt Hamill. Despite dominating the fight, Jones was disqualified for the use of multiple 12-6 elbows. The Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts prohibit downward elbow strikes, and Jones was initially only penalized a point from the round but because of the dislocated shoulder of Hamill, they did not continue the fight. Jones was disqualified for these strikes.

Jon Jones VS Brandon Vera

Then Jones fought Brandon Vera. He won the fight by TKO caused by an elbow to Vera’s face followed up with punches in the first round. In this fight, Jones also won the “Knockout of the Night” award.

Jon Jones VS Vladimir Matyushenko

After a good fight with Vera, his next opponent was IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko. In this fight, Jones won by TKO due to an elbow strike in 1:52 of the first round. UFC president Dana White promised Jones a “huge step-up in the competition” if he won the fight.  But then again Jones won the fight.

Jon Jones VS Ryan Bader

After defeating Vladimir Matyushenko, Jones fought with Ryan Bader. In this fight, Jones handed Bader his first professional loss by defeating him via tao-out due to a guillotine choke in the second round after dominating Bader in the first round. In this fight, Jones was also awarded the “Submission of the Night”.

Jon Jones VS Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones
After the fight with Bader, Jones training partner Rashad Evans had a knee injury in training, and would not be able to compete in his match with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Jones then replaced Evans to fight Rua. In their fight, Shogun was dominated by Jones throughout the 3 rounds. He won by a TKO at 2:37 of round 3 after a flying knee that badly hurt Shogun.

Jon Jones VS Quinton Jackson

After becoming the champion, his first title defense match was against Quinton Jackson. Jones defeated Jackson via submission at 1:14 in the 4th round. He became the first UFC fighter to submit Jackson.

Jon Jones VS Lyoto Machida

After the Jackson fight, his next opponent was Lyoto Machida. He defeated Machida with a technical submission at 4:26 of the second round. This was the first submission loss of Lyoto Machida.

Jon Jones VS Rashad Evans

After the Machida fight, it was a fight with his former teammate Rashad Evans via unanimous decision.

Jon Jones VS Vitor Belfort

MMA: UFC 152-Jones vs Belfort
His next fight was with Vitor Belfort and again he defended his title via armbar in round one. He also won the Submission of the Night in this fight.

Jon Jones VS Chael Sonnen

After Belfort-Jones fight, his new challenger was Chael Sonnen. He finishes Sonnen via TKO in the first round but Jones dislocated a phalanx (big toe) on his left foot during the fight. During this period, Jones is tied with Tito Ortiz for having most consecutive title defenses in UFC light heavyweight history.

Jon Jones VS Alexander Gustafsson

After this he continued defending his title. Again Jones returned to the arena with Alexander Gustafsson, in this fight Jones was badly cut above the eye during the first round, but he continued and eventually won the back-and-forth via controversial unanimous decision. It was the toughest fight of his life. After winning this match, Jones passed Tito Ortiz for the record of the most consecutive title defenses. On this fight both men won the “fight of the night award” and “Fight of the Year”, “Greatest light heavyweight title fight of all-time”, and “one of the greatest fights in UFC history”.

Jon Jones VS Glover Teixeira042614-UFC-172-fight-gallery-LN-G10.vadapt.955.medium.79

After his fight with Gustafsson, his next opponent is Glover Teixeira, in this match Jones won the bout via unanimous decisions.

His next fight will be against Daniel Cormier.

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Jon “Bones” Jones has been undefeated for many years now. But the question is who will be the most formidable opponent for him?


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