The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light-heavyweight champion, Jon “Bones” Jones, successfully defended his title against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159, bringing their contest to an end with some vicious elbows and punches at 4:33 of the first round.
His timing couldn’t have been any better, as UFC president Dana White revealed that the fight would have probably been stopped by the Octagon-side doctor if Sonnen had made it to the end of the first round — due to Jon breaking his left big toe (the bone was sticking out).
With five consecutive title defenses, many already consider Jones to be the greatest light-heavyweight champion in the history of the UFC (tied with Tito Ortiz for the most consecutive title defenses in the division). One could even make a case that he’s the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world right now, considering the fact he outwrestled Sonnen with ease at UFC 159 while the “American Gangster” kept Anderson Silva on his back for the majority of their two encounters.
For now, Jones doesn’t mind playing second fiddle to “The Spider.”
“No, that would be extremely disrespectful of me to try to disregard what Anderson has done outside of the Octagon and inside the Octagon,” Jones responded when asked if his performance against Sonnen made him the pound-for-pound best MMA fighter in the world during the post-fight presser. “I celebrated my two-year anniversary of being a champion this year, and Anderson has been doing it for about six. That’s phenomenal! That’s phenomenal pressure that he’s been able to uphold and continue moving forward with. I admire him so much. I’ve had some great fights and I’ve had a great career, but Anderson is an amazing guy. He’s still my idol.”
While the possibility of a super-fight against Anderson is enticing (White hinted that Silva asked for the fight after watching Jones’ performance against Sonnen), Jon also has his sights set on more realistic goals.
His primary target: Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson. His reason: to silence some more critics.
“I fight for the love of the sport. I fight for the people who support me, but I also fight to prove critics wrong,” Jones added. “A lot of people believe I’ve been successful because I appear to be larger than my opponents. With Alexander Gustafsson, that would be no more… that would be a great thing and that’s who I’d like to fight next.”