Power Ranking Jon Jones' UFC Fights

Hunter HomistekCorrespondent IApril 23, 2012

Power Ranking Jon Jones' UFC Fights

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    Jon Jones is the most dominant fighter to ever grace the UFC Octagon.  

    Anderson Silva, GSP and Junior dos Santos are all dominant champions and incredible athletes, but Jones seems to be on a different level than even these greats.

    With a career that began in August 2008 at UFC 87, Jones has fought 11 times inside the Octagon and racked up an impressive 10 wins (...but pretty much 11; more on this later), many over former champions and legends of the sport.

    And at 24 years of age, Jones still hasn't reached his prime as a fighter, and that is simultaneously amazing (for the fans) and terrifying (for his opponents).

    So how do you decipher the platinum from the gold when a fighter's career is nothing but brilliance?  

    That's what I'm here to do.

    Start the slideshow and see which fights, on a scale of one to 10, go to 11.   

No. 11: UFC 87: Jon Jones vs. Andre Gusmao

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    At UFC 87, Jon Jones was a 21-year-old undefeated fighter with only eight months of MMA training under his belt.  

    His opponent, Gusmao, was nearly 10 years his elder and had fought in the International Fight League, where he polished an undefeated record of his own.  

    The streak had to end for one of the fighters.

    It wasn't Jones.

    Despite displaying awkward striking at times, Jones used his incredible reach to outpoint Gusmao on the feet and earn the unanimous decision victory.  

    Not a bad way to kick off a career in the UFC, but it gets much, much better from here.  

No. 10: UFC 100: Jon Jones vs. Jake O'Brien

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    Jon Jones made his third appearance inside the Octagon at UFC 100, a card loaded with the likes of Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre and Dan Henderson.  

    With such star power, who would've guessed that the best fighter on this card would ultimately be a lanky light heavyweight called "Bones"? 

    Not this guy.

    Against O'Brien, Jones showed that he can finish a fight.  

    In the second round, Jones wrapped his gangly limbs around O'Brien and secured the fight-ending guillotine choke.

    This marked Jones' first finish inside the Octagon, but it certainly wouldn't be his last.  

No. 9: UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko

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    Now making his sixth appearance under the UFC banner, fight fans thought they would finally see someone test the quickly improving Jonny "Bones" Jones.

    Who better to do this than a wily veteran with no holes in his game?

    Umm...anybody else, perhaps?

    Against Matyushenko, Jones was utterly dominant.

    A takedown in the first round led Jones into a crucifix position, where he rained down ferocious elbows until the fight was stopped a mere 1:52 into the very first round.  

    It was quick.  

    It was effective.

    It was a sign of things to come.

No. 8: UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones

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    Looking back on this fight, it's hilarious that anybody thought Brandon Vera had a chance.  

    "Oh, his Muay Thai will be too much for Jones to handle."

    "His bottom game is PHENOMENAL."

    What were we thinking?

    Jones took Vera down in the first round and unleashed some of the most amazing elbows ever seen inside the Octagon.  

    After suffering a broken orbital bone from one particularly nasty strike, Vera turtled up in pain and the fight was over.  

    Another day, another victory for "Bones."  

No. 7: The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale: Jon Jones vs. Matt Hamill

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    I know what you're thinking:

    "How can his one loss not be his worst fight?!" (OK, so you've probably seen the fight and understand how, but let me have my moment, alright?)

    Against Matt Hamill, an elite wrestler, we thought somebody would finally stop Jones' insane takedowns.  

    We still didn't understand that Jones was a superhero, though, and "Bones" once again proved us wrong.

    After absolutely rag-dolling Hamill to the canvas, Jones secured mount and again utilized his favorite weapons: his elbows.

    Jones smashed Hamill repeatedly until referee Steve Mazzagatti stepped in to end the fight, awarding Jones his fourth UFC victory.

    Not so fast.

    Mazzagatti ruled that Jones was throwing illegal elbows en route to victory, and, since Hamill was unable to continue, Jones was disqualified and given an ugly smudge on his spotless record.

    Despite coming out with a loss, I think this was a defining fight in Jones' career.  

    It showed that he could dominate a strong wrestler and also allowed us to see how he would react after a loss (brilliantly, of course).  

No. 6: UFC 145: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

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    Earlier this month, I wrote an article about why Jones vs. Evans wouldn't live up to the hype.

    While I do strongly feel that this fight did indeed fail to live up to its grand expectations, it is impossible to deny what Jones did against Evans on Saturday night.

    I'll be the first guy to give Rashad Evans the credit he deserves, but man...Jones made him look absolutely silly.

    Besides a strong head kick and overhand right, Evans landed nothing of significance and his takedowns were downright pathetic.  

    This is what Jones can do to you.  

    He can make elite fighters look like amateurs, and that is impressive, to say the least.

    Adding to this, Evans tested the brink of Jones' mental stability in the months leading to the fight, and Jones still performed despite this added pressure.   

    Jones is a true champion. He solidified that at UFC 145.    

No. 5: UFC 94: Jon Jones vs. Stephan Bonnar

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    This was the fight that made me say, "Holy s&*! Who is that guy?"

    Against Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94, Jones pulled out everything we would come to love from him.  

    He threw crazy spinning attacks.

    He jumped and twirled. 

    He literally threw Bonnar around.  

    He was pure "Bones," and this was his coming-out party, in my eyes.  

    If you didn't know about Jon Jones before UFC 94, you couldn't forget him after.  

    Despite gassing in the third round, Jones took home a unanimous decision victory and the hearts of fight fans across the globe.  

    Nice to meet you, sir, I hope you'll stick around. 

    He did.  

No. 4: UFC 126: Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader

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    OK, OK, for real this time guys.  

    THIS will be the toughest fight in Jones' life.  

    (*Sigh*) When will we learn? 

    At UFC 126, Jones found himself matched up with another young star in the making in Ryan Bader.

    Both light heavyweights had tremendous upside and an impressive resume, but the future only had room for one of them.  

    SPOILER ALERT: Jones is the best fighter in the world.  

    Again, Jones showed he is the real deal in completely dismantling "Darth" Bader.  

    After owning the stand-up game and shoving aside Bader's takedown attempts, Jones locked in a tight guillotine choke in the second round that had Bader begging for mercy.  

    This win was huge for Jones, but even more importantly, it set up the three biggest fights of his life.  

    Read on to see these epic matchups unfold. 

No. 3: UFC 135: Jon Jones vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson

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    Coming into his UFC 135 matchup against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Jon Jones had swag.  

    He was the newly minted light heavyweight champion of the world and nobody could even lay a hand on him.  

    Could Rampage be the man to end this streak of invincibility? 

    Nope.  

    Thinking back to this fight, I legitimately can't remember if Rampage ever hit him...with anything.  

    I'm sure he did, but this win was that dominant.  

    Jones had his way with Rampage for four rounds before deciding it was time to stop playing around.  

    He secured a takedown and followed up with the fight-ending rear-naked choke.  

    He was the king, and Rampage was not worthy of his royal court.  

No. 2: UFC 140: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida

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    Look at that picture.  

    Go ahead, take it in.

    That, ladies and gentlemen, is Jonny "Bones" Jones getting punched in the face. 

    HE IS A HUMAN!

    Against Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, Jones showed, for the first time in his career, that he could be bested.  

    Well, for one round at least.

    Think about that statement.  

    Jones had fought nine times in his UFC career, won the belt, defended the belt and this, his tenth fight, was the first time we saw a fighter get the better of him.  

    Excuse me, but...

    DAYUM!

    After getting thoroughly outclassed standing in Round 1 with "The Dragon," Jones bounced back in round two with a vicious elbow that cut his opponent, and Machida wasn't the same after.

    Jones then landed a hard left hand that staggered his foe, but instead of finishing with strikes, Jones instead used his seemingly unfair leverage to secure a nasty standing guillotine.  

    Machida was unconscious as the referee halted the bout, and Jones was still the best in the division.  

No. 1: UFC 128: Jon Jones vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua

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    This was it.  

    Just over a month after defeating Ryan Bader at UFC 126, Jon Jones got the call to face champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua for the belt and all the glory that comes with it. 

    Would Jones crack under the pressure?

    Could he handle the power and experience of Shogun?

    Was he ready for the bright lights and the big stage?

    No, yes and a resounding YES.

    "Bones" thoroughly dismantled Shogun for the bout's duration, and Rua couldn't mount any sort of offense against the lanky and creative Jones.  

    Jones landed a hard front kick in the third round that hurt Shogun, and he followed up with a punch and a knee that sent Shogun to the mat, defeated.  

    It was his time and his destiny.  

    And it doesn't look like he's letting go any time soon.