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Let’s Talk About… Jon Jones

Bones, the cheat, the GOAT, the biggest waste in UFC history. Jon Jones has been called many of names like these and has been the most controversial fighter in UFC history. His future right now is in question due to his most recent drug test failure (don’t worry, we’ll get to that) so I decided to take this time to discuss the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and former P4P king.

Personality

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Jon Jones’ personality is probably is least likable aspect. His out-of-cage antics have gotten him into trouble more times than I can count. To list a few: he has had run-ins with the law (multiple times); he has showed off his muscles and abs and then soon failing a drug test (again, we’ll get to that); and he has been disrespectful towards current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier. Jones, however, normally shows respect towards his opponents after beating them (unless you count his first fight with Daniel Cormier). To me, though, this is not enough to like his personality which is why I have it consider it his biggest con.

Fighting Style

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We go from the worst part of Jon Jones to the best. Many people consider him to be  the GOAT for a reason, after all. His ability to use his god-given reach and frame to strike his opponents form a distance is quite impressive. His grappling is an underrated aspect as well, however, as he was able to submit Lyoto Machida with a standing guillotine choke. That being said, many people put his career in question due to one little problem…

Drug Use

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Two times. Two times Jon Jones has failed a drug test in the UFC. Both times he was scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier when he failed them (coincidence?). In his first drug test failure Jones pleaded that he had taken a tainted Viagra. The Nevada State Athletic Commission was not buying it and gave him a six month suspension. After coming back and beating Cormier in their rematch, he failed yet another drug test for that fight. The verdict on Jones’ fate is still pending but, considering the evidence placed on him, it’s hard to imagine anything short of a year suspension. And no, a polygraph test won’t help anything.

Final Analysis

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With all of the previous points being covered, it is time to assess Jon Jones as a whole. Although I think he has remarkable skills in the cage, his actions outside the octagon make me sick to my stomach. And when I saw both of his failed drug tests, I wanted to throw up. I was even willing to forgive him after the first one like many others but he betrayed all of our trust when he decided to cheat. He continuously shows why he is the biggest waste in all of MMA and this, without a doubt, makes him my least favorite fighter in UFC history.

Tuesday Top Ten

Tuesday Top Ten: Jon Jones Performances

Jon Jones has had an incredible comeback story as of late after finally recapturing the gold at UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2. His performance in that fight was just one of many that he has showcased for nearly a decade. This list will highlight some of his most impressive wins inside the octagon. The ranking is determined by how dominant Jones was in the fight, who the opponent was, how important the fight was for Jones, and how the win was achieved.

#10. Brandon “The Truth” Vera

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In this often overlooked bout, Jones was able to take Brandon Vera down with a beautiful takedown to gain top control. Vera would then land two illegal upkicks to Jones’ face while his knees were down. This angered Jones as he then was able to land a vicious elbow strike that put Vera in a vulnerable spot for Jones’ ground and pound. The fight was then stopped as Jones was able to pick up the victory in brutal fashion.

#9. Ryan “Darth” Bader

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Ryan Bader was undefeated in 12 straight MMA pro fights when he fought Jon Jones a UFC 126. Jones was able to use his reach advantage to outstrike him untill Bader pulled guard. Jones was then able to get a guillotine choke from the top position to give Bader his first ever loss.

#8. “Suga” Rashad Evans

 

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Jon Jones and Rashad Evans had a heated rivalry that saw the two finally meeting for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Evans was clearly outmatched as Jones was able to do just about everything he could do only better. Jones schooled Evans in every possible way and was able to get the decision victory and retain his UFC title.

#7. Vitor Belfort

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Vitor Belfort felt the power of Jon Jones’ incredible striking and grappling in this fight. He was unable to get much done in this fight due to Jones’ huge reach advantage. Finally a gassed Belfort succumbed to an Americana by Jones. Submitting a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is never easy which is why this win was so impressive for Jones.

#6. Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson

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In what was considered a fight of the year, Jon Jones showed his determination and resiliency against one of his most evenly matched opponents. Alexander Gustafsson has a lengthy frame similar to Jones and has great striking and grappling as well. He was also able to take down Jones for the first time ever in this bout. Some still debate that Gustafsson did win this fight because of ho close it was. Either way, this was one of Jones best performances because of how hard he had to dig to retain his championship.

#5. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

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Jon Jones became the first person to stop Rampage Jackson in this crucial fight in his career. He kept Rampage on the outside with his striking and was then able get him to the mat to secure a rear-naked choke for the win. It was a clear message that no matter the opponent, Jones was able to put them away regardless.

#4. Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen

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When Jon Jones met the brash Chael Sonnen, he finished him in his fastest UFC title fight to date. Jones was able to take Sonnen out with a collection of elbows and punches to retain his title. The quickness of this bout is what makes it so impressive seeing how Sonnen was able to bring the fight to Anderson Silva in the past. It just shows that Jones is always looking to finish the fight as quickly as he can.

#3. Shogun Rua

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This is the fight that crowned the youngest UFC champion in history. Jon Jones absolutely destroyed Shogun Rua in what was one of the most one-sided title performances in UFC history. It is pretty brutal to watch if you’re a Shogun fan. The fight was a beat down by Jones who put Shogun away with a few well placed knees and then follow-up strikes.

#2. Daniel “DC” Cormier

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Many questioned whether Jon Jones still had it in him to get the win against the incredibly tough Daniel Cormier. He answered that questioned when he was able to knockout Cormier with a perfectly timed and well placed kick that sent Cormier stumbling to the mat which ended his title reign in dramatic fashion. It was an incredible performance by Jones who managed to make a long-awaited comeback after facing so many demons throughout his life. But it is not his best performance…

#1. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida

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Jon Jones dropped Lyoto Machida to the mat in spectacular fashion, and it wasn’t due to strikes either. Of course, he did hurt the karate black belt but it was a standing guillotine that put Machida to sleep. The iconic image of Jones walking away from Machida’s unconscious body was a highlight of Jones’ career and is the number one best performance in his incredible career.