Jon Jones nearly lost his title two weeks ago, but he’s undoubtedly still one of the top champions in the history of the UFC. Ask UFC President Dana White, though, and he’d disagree. He thinks Jones is clearly the best light heavyweight of all time.
At a recent press conference, White stated that Jones has had the toughest run of opponents of any UFC champion, one that he’s survived through six title defenses.
“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,” White said. “Yeah, and he’s the most accomplished. Never mind 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.”
There’s no doubting that Jones has had a hell of a run in the division, one that’s historically been the UFC’s most competitive. Not only does he hold the record for the most consecutive light heavyweight title defenses, he’s also on the longest win streak in UFC 205-pound history.
He’ll be looking to cement that legacy when he defends his title for the seventh time against Glover Teixeira at UFC 169 in February.