Jon Jones may have been battered and seriously tested by Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165, but “Bones” went on to score a UD win and set a new record for light-heavyweight title defenses (at six). In other words, despite the fact Jones may have looked beatable for the first time in his UFC run (yes, Vitor Belfort’s armbar aside), the champion’s legacy continues to build.
Dana White was asked about Jones and his historic run recently during a UFC 168 media tour in Brazil, and here’s what the UFC President had to say (comment via MMA Mania.com):
“Jones has had the toughest run of guys in the UFC. I mean, to get to the belt and to defend the belt, Jones has had to go through hell. Yeah, and he’s the most accomplished. Nevermind Tito Ortiz, let’s talk about Chuck Liddell, somebody who could actually really fight. Even Chuck Liddell, the things he accomplished and the things that he did, what Jon Jones has accomplished is greater than any light heavyweight, ever.”
Liddell may be one of the UFC’s greatest and more popular champions ever, but even huge “Iceman” fans would have a hard time arguing with White on this one. Jones has not only defeated numerous former champs like Vitor Belfort, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, “Shogun” Rua and “Rampage” Jackson (and the last three defeated Liddell), but he hasn’t been really defeated yet in 20 fights.
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