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The Rise Of Light Heavyweight UFC Champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones

Anyone who has a remote interest in the world of mixed martial arts and the UFC will have heard of the light heavy weight sensation that is Jon “Bones” Jones. This is the guy who seemed to come from nowhere to become the youngest UFC champion ever and currently (at writing) shares the record for the most UFC title defences with the Hall Of Fame member Chuck Liddell and is still only 25!

So Who Is Jon “Bones” Jones?

Born July 19th 1987 in Rochester, New York as the middle brother of three, Jonathan Dwight Jones is a devout Christian and is a father of two daughters and currently engaged to be married. Born as the son of preacher, he decided to take a different path to his two brothers who have each forged successful careers as American footballers.

During high school he was a stand out wrestler who won the National JUCO Championship and first started to show signs of his outstanding skills that were to take him to the top. Eventually he dropped out of college to start his MMA career and he quickly amassed a record of 6 wins and 0 losses within 3 months. As if that wasn’t impressive enough he finished every one of these opponents. This success quickly brought him to the attention of the UFC.

Jones’ UFC Career

Having caught the attention of the UFC Jones was was given his break by the UFC and offered to fight Andre Gusmao at UFC 87 in August 2008. However, there was a catch. Jones only had two weeks to prepare as he was stepping in as a replacement for a fighter who pulled out through injury. Jones accepted, and despite being a huge underdog went on to take a unanimous decision while showing an impressive range of elbows and kicks.

Jones quickly secured another unanimous point’s win over Stephan Bonnar before finishing his first opponent (by guillotine choke) in the octagon which was Jake O’Brien. However, then came the only blemish on Jones UFC record which currently stands at 17-1. Jones fought Matt Hamill at the Ultimate Fighter Finale and was unfortunately disqualified (despite dominating) for what was deemed a downward elbow to Hamill, who could no longer continue.

Jones refused to let this deter him and went on to defeat Brandon Vera, Vladimir Matyushenko and Ryan Bader easily before being asked to step in for injured stable mate Rashad Evans, who was due to challenge Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the Light Heavyweight championship. Jones accepted and proceeded to dominate his experienced champion for three rounds before the referee stepped in to stop the fight after a flying knee and relentless strikes from Jones. A star was born!

He then seemed to work his way through a who’s-who list of former UFC champions and top opponents. He defeated Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Vitor Belfort and is next scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen after much calling out from Sonnen. Jones himself has said that he doesn’t think Sonnen deserves a shot but he does acknowledge that it’s a fight the crowd would love to see, so he would like to give it to them.

So What Next?

Currently ranked the number one Light Heavyweight in the world and the number two pound-for-pound fighter after Anderson Silva (middleweight) we expect Jones to carry on his quest for true greatness by amassing more victories and defending his Light Heavyweight title. There is also the possibility that he may get to fight Anderson Silva himself at a catch weight contest to see who is really going to come out on top, although it is said that the much older Silva is not keen on fighting his younger, bigger and possibly much hungrier rival.

The facts is, the Jon “Bones” Jones story is far from finished and we can expect many more chapters to be added in the not to distant future. Watch this space!

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