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Becoming the Youngest Champion in UFC History
Jon Jones is so young that his career-defining moment may not have occurred yet. But if his career were to end today because of some unfortunate circumstance, Jones would be remembered as the youngest champion in UFC history.
After Jones defeated Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128, he became the champion of the UFC at the age of 23. This record may never be broken.
Jones doesn't just win fights in the UFC, he dominates them. With his barrage of striking and superior wrestling skills, Jones runs through his competition just about every time.
Well, Lyoto Machida had other plans. In the first round of their encounter at UFC 140, Machida was getting the better of the striking. For the first time in his young UFC career, Jones was challenged. He wasn't for long. In the second round, Jones dropped Machida and rendered him unconscious with a guillotine choke.
Grudge Match with Evans
Rashad Evans vs. Jones was an intriguing matchup at UFC 145. This was a fight that presented two former friends and training partners with an opportunity to fight for the belt.
The storyline, however, revolved around the two fighters newly developed hatred for each other, following a bad breakup at Greg Jackson's MMA gym. The beef between the two died down a bit right before they faced each other in the Octagon, but that didn't stop Jones from picking Evans apart for five full rounds. It was a tremendous victory gained by Jones over his former mentor.