JON “BONES” JONES is the current UFC light heavyweight champion. As of May 2011, ESPN Sports ranks Jones as the #1 light heavyweight fighter in the world and the #3 pound-for-pound fighter. Sherdog.com ranks Jones as the #1 light heavyweight and the #6 pound-for-pound fighter. He is noted for having the longest reach in UFC history at 84.5″ and at 23 years old, being the youngest UFC title holder in the company’s history.
His MMA record is 13–1, with victories over the likes of Stephan Bonner, Brandon Vera, Vladimir Matyushenko, Ryan Bader and most recently Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. He won the UFC Light Heavyweight Title from Shogun on 19 March 2011 at UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey. His one “loss” was actually a disqualification for illegal downward elbows to Matt Hamill, who could not continue the fight. I don’t consider that to be a true loss, so Bones is essentially undefeated in his three year MMA career.
There are three things that are going to make Jon Jones a true Super Star. #1 He seems to really have his head on straight. He’s focused on what’s going to keep him winning and at the same time, he’s very humble. #2 He’s remarkably creative in the octagon and truly keeps his opponents guessing as to what’s coming next. He really knows how to mix it up, using all ranges to defeat his opponents. #3 Lastly, he’s presently being coached by some of the best in the business. He trains with Greg Jackson and Mike Winkejohn in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Muay Thai teacher Phil Nurse in New York City.
We’re going to see great things from Jon “Bones” Jones in the next few years. He will indeed be the next MMA Super Star.