Jon Jones Is the Best Light Heavyweight Ever

Nate LawsonCorrespondent IApril 28, 2013

Apr 27, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Jon Jones  during a press conference after UFC 159 at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is good...He may very well be the best in this MMA game. 

Actually, he may be the very best to ever play it.

One thing is for certain: Jon Jones is the best light heavyweight in the history of the UFC. 

In the main event of UFC 159, "Bones" topped Chael Sonnen with a first-round technical knockout to secure a tie for the record of the most title defenses in the history of the 205-pound division. Tito Ortiz is the man Jones evened up with.

However, as great as Tito's run may have been, Jones' has been much better. 

Ortiz's run was most impressive, as he earned more stoppage victories than decisions, including a stoppage win over Ken Shamrock at UFC 40.

Jones has done far more.

The champion earned his 205-pound title by defeating PRIDE legend Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via technical knockout back in March 2011 at UFC 128.

Following that dominant victory, Jones defeated Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, and, as of Saturday night, Sonnen. Evans, nicknamed "Suga," was the only fighter to survive all five rounds. 

Before Jones' arrival, Ortiz was putting people away. After Ortiz, Chuck Liddell was doing it. 

Now, Jones is doing it. And he could, if so inclined, continue doing it until he turned in his gloves. We're talking about a guy that could dominate the light heavyweight division for another five years without blinking; a guy that could top a few heavyweights, maybe the best heavyweights.

We're talking about a guy who is not only the best light heavyweight in UFC history, but maybe even the best pound-for-pound fighter in UFC history. 

In a few more years, everyone should be recognizing that.