UFC 140 Results: Is Jon Jones the Best Current UFC Champion?
Not too long ago, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell ruled over the UFC's light heavyweight division with an iron fist.
Liddell defeated rival Randy Couture, dethroning "The Natural" for the undisputed title, before defending the belt on four occasions with victories over Jeremy Horn, Couture again, Renato "Babalu" Sobral and Tito Ortiz.
Though Liddell's career took a turn for the worse soon after his battle with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, his legacy has remained intact. As it stands, Liddell is the last champion in the division to have defended his title with unmatched success in recent years.
Jackson claimed the belt from Liddell with an emphatic first round knockout, defending the title once against Dan Henderson before Forrest Griffin upset the Pride veteran.
The Ultimate Fighter season one winner was later dethroned by fellow TUF alumnus Rashad Evans, who then failed to defend his title against Lyoto Machida.
"The Dragon" bested Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in a controversial decision win that was later avenged with a knockout victory for the former Pride Grand Prix champ, who later met with Jon Jones.
In his banner 2011 run, Jones has gone from being a contender on the fringe to claiming the belt with a dominant TKO victory over Rua. Now Jones has defended his title on two separate occasions against the aforementioned Jackson and Machida—finishing off both former champions before the final bell.
Though Jones is the kind of injection that the UFC's 205-pound division so desperately needed, he is a far cry from the sort of dominant champion that presides over an entire organization.
That distinction already belongs to Anderson Silva, who is regarded as the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet. Silva is on a 14-0 run inside the Octagon and has successfully defended the middleweight crown nine times, finishing the likes of Henderson, Rich Franklin, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and Yushin Okami along the way.
Jones certainly has the goods to become that same dominant force, but he's about five years behind the Brazilian in Silva, who has laid waste to all comers since 2006.
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