Jones had six weeks to prepare for the biggest fight of his career after word surfaced stating top contender Rashad Evans had gone down with an injury and would be unable to fight champ Mauricio Rua. “Bones” quickly accepted the bout and clearly it was the right move, as the 23-year old outclassed Rua in every way en route to a TKO victory in the third round. The win made him the youngest champion in UFC history.
Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will attempt to make a record-breaking sixth successful defense of his title when he sees action against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. However, September 21 obviously won’t be the first time Jones has crossed paths with the divisional crown. Jones’ run towards the top of the pound-for-pound list began in 2008 and was aided in large part by his performances in the Octagon when gold was up for grabs. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)