Tito Ortiz holds the record for most light heavyweight title defenses in UFC history and Jon Jones is close to beating that.
After Jones’s win over Sonnen at UFC 159 he’s put himself next to Ortiz at five title defenses. The next step in his career consists of laying claim to that record or going onto super-fights. Jones admits it’s too early to challenge Anderson Silva, but it is something he’s working towards. Now he wants to break that record:
“One thing I’ve been contemplating is first tying Tito Ortiz, and then establishing that record of the most wins in my next fight, maybe in November, and after that fight in November, entertaining superfights and heavyweight fights,”
Ortiz, someone who carries his achievements proudly, is surprisingly ok with Jones taking his record:
“I don’t want to see him break my record. But if anyone is going to beat my record, I would like to see Jon Jones do it because he is that special of an athlete. He’s got great speed, great balance, great wrestling technique, and his mind is super strong. It’s just one of those things that, if he does beat my record, I guess I can give him nothing but respect because, if anyone is going to break my record, I would like to see Jon Jones do it.”
Jones is currently taking care of an injured toe and isn’t expected to be back for a few weeks, so we won’t be able to tell exactly how long it’s going to be before he’s back in action. But when he is, Ortiz wants to be at that fight: “Of course I’m going to show up.”
“I’m not going to miss that. I want to watch, in person, the guy who is going to beat my record. I would love to be a part of something great at that event.”