Jone Jones won the UFC Heavyweight Championship last weekend, defeating Ciryl Gane via submission in the first round, after three years off from MMA. It was one of the most impressive comebacks in the sport’s history, proving to any critics that Jones was capable of almost anything within the Octagon. But the question is, does the win solidify his place at the very top of the podium as the greatest MMA fighter of all-time?
The simple answer is yes. Jones was already the leading candidate for the title and the victory puts him in a class of his own. He has a record of 27-1-1, with 10 of his wins coming via knockout, another 7 through submission and 10 by decision.
His only loss came to Matt Hamill back in 2009, when he was disqualified for illegal elbows and the no contest was with Daniel Cormier, after testing positive for a turinabol metabolite.
Basically you have a fighter who has won UFC Championships in two different weight divisions, never lost a fight and dominated his opponents during the process. While other fighters have had peaks in their career where they were untouchable, Jones has been ‘the man’ every step of the way.
Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history with his title victory over Maurício Rua at age 23 and holds a variety of UFC records in the light heavyweight division, that include the most title defenses, most wins, and longest win streak. For a majority of his career, he has been considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, a title that is extremely hard to keep at higher weight divisions.
It’s unclear what’s next for Jones as he continues to expand his legacy. A possible opponent to add to his list of wins is former heavyweight champ, Francis Ngannou. With not much left to prove however, Jones may likely just ride into the sunset as the baddest man to ever fight in Octagon.
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