Despite cruising through Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 in impressive fashion, butchered toe aside of course, Jon Jones isn’t about to crown himself the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighter. While some pundits may feel that way after Jones turned to his wrestling skills and vicious top game to stop Sonnen in round one, the light-heavyweight champion says he still has some work to do.
Speaking at the post-UFC 159 presser, Jones was asked if his win over Sonnen proves he’s the world’s best fighter, and the 25 year-old star said “no” before noting (quote via MMA Weekly.com):
“That would be extremely disrespectful of me to try to disregard what Anderson has done outside of the Octagon and inside of the Octagon.”
“I celebrated my two year anniversary of being champion this year, and Anderson has been doing it for about six. That’s phenomenal.”
Yes, yes it is, but so is a resume that includes victories over “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Ryan Bader, “Shogun” Rua, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort and now Sonnen. While nearly everyone called Jones to beat Sonnen, the way he went about finishing the renowned wrestler was particularly impressive.
Perhaps a “super fight”, between say, a UFC middleweight champion and light-heavyweight champ would settle the matter once and for all?
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