Jon Jones captured the UFC light heavyweight title in March 2011 by putting a beating on Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. On April 27 of this year, he returned to the scene of that crime, defeating Chael Sonnen in what was his fifth consecutive title defense.
That number puts Jones in a tie with Tito Ortiz for most consecutive title defenses in the 205-pound weight division.
In total, Jones has fought in 19 title fight rounds. Let's take a look at how each of those rounds compare to one another.
At the second title defense for Jones and second title defense against a former UFC champion, he faced Loyoto Machida.
Most of this round was spent at distance, as Jones tried to work with the counter-striking style of Machida, while Machida was his normal patient self.
When Machida did find an opening, he moved in and out quickly, managing to back the champion up. It was the first time that Jones had faced adversity, even if it was for just a brief moment.
The round was the most reluctant we had seen from Jones during his UFC career.
Jones landed 8 of 27 strikes, while Machida landed 8 of 25.
Jones' third UFC title defense took place against former friend and training partner Rashad Evans at UFC 145.
The opening round of this one was pretty uneventful. This was most likely due to the fact that neither fighter wanted to provide any type of opening that could be exploited.
The only real action of the round came at the very end, when Evans was able to land a head kick.
Jones landed 17 of 40 strikes, while Evans landed 11 of 31.
Jon Jones first title defense came against former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
The two squared off at UFC 135 in Denver, Colo. The first round of this one was pretty uneventful, as the two went to the cage early, and when they did separate, most of the round was spent at distance.
Jones landed 22 of 38 strikes, while Jackson stopped two attempted takedowns.
When the Jones vs. Evans fight entered the championship rounds, the hand fighting that Jones was using seemed to distract Evans and left him playing patty-cake with the champion.
How bad was it? In all, Evans landed only seven strikes.
In the final round of UFC 145's main event, Rashad Evans came out fast, but he quickly slowed when Jones once again took control of the Octagon.
Jones dominated the entire fight, making things look easy, and Evans looked out of his element.
The most memorable point of the fight came as the clock ticked down on the match. Jones, perhaps looking to have a little fun, decided it would be a good time to pull guard. Jones didn't do much from his back, but it did send a subtle message of control.
Jones landed 31 strikes, Evans only three.
Round 2 of Jones' first title defense saw the champion continue with his game plan of keeping Jackson at distance and not allowing the heavy-handed striker to find his range.
Jones accomplished this by using leg kicks, effectively using his length to frustrate and confuse Jackson.
Jones landed 20 of 40 strikes, while Jackson landed 13 of 19. Both fighters failed on their single takedown attempt.
Evans landed a right early in the third, and his confidence seemed to grow, but he couldn't capitalize. Halfway through the round, the momentum began to shift back to the champion as Jones picked up his striking game and finished the round by walking his opponent down.
Jones landed 21 of 41 strikes, while Evans came in with nine landed strikes.
Round 3 of the Jones vs. Jackson bout saw the challenger use heavy leg kicks early with some success, but after the fight, he went to the ground, and Jackson was bloodied by Jones' active elbows.
Jackson then abandoned those leg kicks and opted to stand directly in front of Jones for most of the round.
Jackson looked like any game plan he had entered the Octagon with had completely abandoned him by the end of the bout.
Jones gets some points off in this round for pulling a bush-league move near the end, dumping Jackson to the mat after the horn had sounded to end the fight.
Jones was 1 of 2 on his takedown attempts, while landing 29 of 47 strikes. Jackson landed five strikes.
This was a strange round for Belfort. It was almost as if he had no clue that his armbar had damaged the champion's limb.
Instead of looking to exploit the injury, Belfort stood in front of the champion and absorbed multiple strikes, mostly push kicks to his lead leg.
Jones landed 27 of 44 strikes, while Belfort landed 6 of 16 strikes.
Much like the second round, Jones looked to keep the fight at distance by using his leg kicks. The key moment of the round came when Jones landed a powerful side kick to the body of Belfort that hurt him.
Belfort tried to play the kick off, but the pain left him dropping to his back and looking to engage Jones on the ground.
Jones had no qualms joining Belfort on the mat, working from inside Belfort's guard and landing elbows.
Jones landed 30 of 49 strikes.
Belfort was aggressive early in this round, but he once again pulled guard for some reason. Jones, despite the first-round armbar scare, worked from top position, quickly going for a submission and forcing Belfort to tap to an Americana at the 4-second mark of the round.
One submission attempt for Jones.
By the time the second round of the Jones vs. Rua fight began, any momentum that the champion had carried with him into the Octagon had evaporated.
Any chance that Rua had at a win followed that momentum out the door, as Jones continued his dominating performance.
Jones landed a spinning elbow early and kept Rua at distance with leg kicks throughout the fight.
Jones landed 41 of 52 strikes, while Rua landed five strikes.
Rua attempted a leg kick to begin the third round of UFC 128, but that only resulted in him ending up on his back, where Jones teed off with ground-and-pound.
Rua did manage to get to his feet for a brief amount of time—just long enough for Jones to drop Rua and bring Herb Dean in for the stoppage.
The end came at the 2:37 mark, and Jones walked out of Newark as the new UFC light heavyweight champion.
Jones landed 30 of 42 strikes, while Rua was able to muster only one landed strike.
The beginning of the end of this fight came at the one minute mark of the fourth round. Jones forced Jackson to the ground and backed him into the fence.
When Jackson attempted to gain his feet, Jones transitioned to Jackson's back, sank in one hook and flattened him out. From there, Jones sank in a rear-naked choke and became the first man to stop Jackson in the UFC.
Jackson landed zero strikes, while Jones was 3 for 6 with one takedown on one attempt.
The second round of the Jones vs. Evans bout was more active, but the two fighters still spent a lot of time at distance.
When they did get close, it was Jones who took the upper hand, using elbows from in close. It was a technique that we hadn't seen much of from Jones in the past, but it was an effective one.
Jones landed 21 of 47 strikes, while Evans landed 19 of 42.
This round should still be fresh in everyone's mind. Jones dominated the fight from start to finish, using the game plan that everyone thought Sonnen would use.
Jones fought in close, utilizing his takedown and ground-and-pound to totally neutralize Sonnen and finish the fight before the end of the first round.
Sonnen was clearly outmatched, and for that reason, this round gets a few points off. This fight wasn't made because it was the best fight to make, it was made because it would sell pay-per-views.
Jones landed three takedowns on six attempts.
Jones was a little more aggressive in the second round of his UFC 140 bout against Lyoto Machida.
With 2:30 left in the round, the champion landed a big right hand and then gained a takedown. Once the two hit the ground, Jones opened Machida up with an elbow. The cut was severe enough for referee John McCarthy to bring the doctor in to take a gander at the injury.
Once the fight restarted, Jones wasted little time in going for the kill: He worked a standing guillotine and put Machida out with the tight submission hold.
When McCarthy realized Machida had lost consciousness, he waved off the fight, and Jones let Machida fall to the mat in a heap.
Jones was 18 of 28 in strikes, while Machida landed five.
Jones may have faced a bit of adversity in his fight against Lyoto Machida, but that paled in comparison to what he faced early in Round 1 of his bout against Vitor Belfort.
Jones' left arm was exposed, and Belfort, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, slapped an armbar on the champion.
The submission hold was in deep, and for a few seconds, the air inside the Air Canada Centre was electric with the prospect of seeing a new champion crowned.
Jones was eventually able to shake free from the hold and take the fight to the ground, where he bloodied the challenger with his elbows.
He gets bonus points for working through the armbar.
Jones landed 34 of 41 strikes.
Jones wasted little time in taking the fight to champion Rua in this, his first UFC title fight. Jones took the champion to the mat early and wasted no time in throwing his patented elbows.
There seemed to be no title fight jitters from Jones: He showed patience when warranted and aggression when openings were presented to him.
Early on in this fight, it was clear that Jones would be taking home UFC gold, as he overwhelmed Rua from the start.
Jones lands 31 of 48 strikes and one takedown, while Rua lands five strikes.