With a win over Vitor Belfort, Jon Jones would tie Chuck Liddell and Frank Shamrock for the second most consecutive light heavyweight title defenses in UFC history.
Though he's only 25 years old, that could spark debate about Jones already being the greatest 205-pound fighter ever.
Currently, most would put Wanderlei Silva or Chuck Liddell at the top of the heap when it comes to career accomplishments at light heavyweight.
Though Tito Ortiz had one more consecutive title defense than Liddell, he was knocked out by "The Iceman" twice and lost to Shamrock just before capturing the UFC belt. Additionally, Shamrock reigned over the 205-pound division before there was a lot of highly talented fighters competing in the sport, which leaves his resume lacking in comparison to Liddell's.
Silva entered the picture by defending the Pride title on multiple occasions, but it could be argued "The Axe Murderer" wasn't consistently competing against top-notch competition. He also lost on multiple occasions during his time as champion. Silva beat the likes of Quinton Jackson and Kazushi Sakuraba during his reign in Japan, but his light heavyweight dominance was bookended by losses to Ortiz and Dan Henderson.
So, if Jones can do what is expected of him at UFC 151 by defeating Belfort, he could find himself edging past Liddell and Silva in the minds of many.
Jones would have an equal amount of title defenses as Liddell while persistently facing tougher challengers.
Where Liddell picked up title defenses against Renato Sobral and Jeremy Horn, Jones would have earned four straight title defenses against former UFC champions. Furthermore, if he can put Belfort away early, Jones will have matched the dominant nature of Silva's title run, beating stiffer competition and going the distance only once in his past 10 appearances, with Rashad Evans.
When Jones began making a name for himself in the UFC, many projected that he could become one of the sport's biggest stars based on his unmatched athleticism. Then, there was plenty of unearned hype surrounding Jones.
The 25-year-old has quickly turned potential into reality.
If Jones beats Belfort decisively, he will become the greatest light heavyweight in MMA history and will be able to begin focusing on closing the gap between himself and Anderson Silva.