UFC 135 Results: Ranking Jon Jones' Victories in the Octagon
Jon "Bones" Jones continues his reign of dominance within the division after successfully defending his UFC light heavyweight championship against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
With a 14-1 overall record and 8-1 within the UFC, Jones' only loss was by disqualification to Matt Hamill back in 2009.
Relatively untested in his victories inside the famed Octagon, Jones has eclipsed mythological status inside the cage.
A tremendous talent with blessed abilities, the development of the champion since his arrival in the UFC in 2008 has been incredible.
Capable of securing victories on his feet or on the ground, "Bones" is a very balanced fighter with power, length, offensive creativity and an overall skill set that warrants his current reign as champion.
Defeating tremendous adversaries, please follow along as I power rank Jones' top five victories inside the Octagon.
I welcome your comments.
No. 5: Jon Jones Defeats Stephan Bonnar
Jon Jones suplaying Stephan Bonnar
On January 31, 2009, Jones entered the Octagon at UFC 94 a slight underdog to the more experienced and runner-up of of The Ultimate Fighter's first season, Stephan Bonnar.
Undeterred by Bonnar's popularity inside the Octagon, "Bones" exacted his fight strategy by providing the Las Vegas fans a multitude of eye-popping offensive attacks including the overhead suplay shown in the picture.
Getting his groove inside the Octagon, the confidence of the current champion was growing exponentially during this victory over Bonnar.
After three rounds, Jones left UFC 94, not only with a unanimous decision victory, but with a much higher level of confidence in his skill set.
No. 4: Jon Jones Defeats Brandon Vera
Jon Jones crushes Brandon Vera with an elbow
Just a few years prior, Brandon "The Truth" Vera stormed onto the UFC scene with the same praise and admiration for his abilities as Jones.
Fast forward to UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones in March 2010, and the torch of excellence was passed from the hype that once surrounded "The Truth" to the hype that now surrounds the champion.
Taking Vera to the ground multiple times during this matchup, "Bones" displayed his excellent wrestling pedigree to the fans in Broomfield, Colo.
After Vera was deducted a point for an illegal upward kick on Jones from the guard, the fire inside "Bones" burned hot as the champion began an assault on Vera with vicious elbows.
Connecting with explosive elbows from Vera's guard that hurt "The Truth," Jones rose up and delivered unanswered punches on Vera.
Despite heavy defense, Vera had no answer for these strikes as Jones captured his fourth victory inside the Octagon, winning Knockout of the Night honors.
No. 3: Jon Jones Defeats Ryan Bader
Jon Jones submits Ryan Bader
In a title contender matchup, the two rising prospects within the UFC light heavyweight division battled for the right to compete for the title.
After controlling Round 1, Jones went on to submit Ryan Bader with a guillotine choke at the 4:20 mark of Round 2, earning Submission of the Night honors.
Unbeknownst at the time, the winner of this fight was awarded the opportunity to step in for the injured Rashad Evans to face the champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Ecstatic, Jones told Joe Rogan during the post-fight in-cage interview at UFC 126, "It's my time, I'm hungry and I'm going for it."
No. 2: Jon Jones Defeats Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Jon Jones drilling Shogun with a left hook
On March 19, 201,1 in Newark, New Jersey, the No.1 contender Jon Jones defeated the UFC light heavyweight champion, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, at UFC 128.
Utilizing his reach, offensive arsenal, athleticism and creativity, Jones made a statement performance as he dominated Rua throughout the entire matchup.
Culminating his performance with a TKO finish at the 2:37 mark of Round 3, the legendary status of Jones eclipsed fable-like status prior to exiting the Octagon.
Comparisons to "the best ever" were already sounded by experts prior to Jones basking in the championship limelight.
Clearly a definitive moment in the career of the youngest champion ever within the UFC, the lore of Jon "Bones" Jones was created.
No. 1: Jon Jones Submits Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Jon Jones submits Rampage Jackson
Jones's submission victory over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135 in Denver is the most pivotal victory in this young fighter's career to date.
With weeks of trash talk building between both competitors, Jones's performance was nothing but stellar as he picked apart the former UFC light heavyweight and Pride middleweight champion.
Chopping down "Rampage" with a multitude of leg kicks and delivering punishment from the clinch, Jones exacted a flawless game plan en route to a rear naked choke victory at 1:14 mark of Round 4.
Silencing the experts with his one-sided defeat, the skills of Jones are now equated to the legend of Jones. "Bones" has now proven that he is not a "one-hit wonder" and has the pedigree to remain champion for years to come.