Make no mistake about it folks, on Saturday Night, Jon "Bones" Jones solidified the fact that he is the greatest fighter in MMA history.
For years, it has been debated about just how good Jones is, with many people placing him among the greats like Anderson Silva, GSP, and Mighty Mouse, but with his KO victory over Daniel Cormier, he proved once and for all that he reigns supreme.
Jon Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history, when he defeated Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at the age of 23 years old, in dominant fashion. From that moment on, Jones never looked back, defending his belt 11 straight times, finishing 6 of those opponents, all while leading up to the record of most UFC Light Heavyweight victories with 17.
Jon Jones has never be beaten in a fight, even if his record of 23-1 says otherwise. His controversial DQ against Matt Hammill in 2009 due to "illegal" elbows is the only blemish on his absolutely perfect (fighting) resume.
He holds just about every record for the Light Heavyweight Division, and even after a 2+ year layoff, he came out Saturday and had quite possibly the biggest, and most defining victory of his storied career. When it's all said and done, Daniel Cormier is one of the greatest Light Heavyweight's of all time, up there with the likes of Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Rampage Jackson, and many more. For Jon Jones to not only come back from the hell that he brought himself into over these past 2 and a half years, but to do it in the fashion that he did, is phenomenal, and says everything that needs to be said about just how incredible of a talent he is.
At just 30 years of age, Jones' already 7 year reign of terror in the UFC seems to only be getting started, as this new chapter in his career will likely be the best yet, with him being truly healthy mentally and physically inside and out of the Octagon, and with his head finally on straight, he will continue to look to prove to himself and to everyone else that he is exactly who we thought he was when he first burst onto the UFC scene.
These numbers from Jones are staggering, and show just how brutal he has been, and will continue to be towards his opponents.
As far as what's next for him, I would love to see him fight and beat Alexander Gustafson, the only man who has ever pushed Jon Jones to the true brink of his mental and physical will, and finally put to rest any doubts over their first encounter. However, I would love to see him dominate Brock Lesnar, a fight in which I would have Jones winning easily, by 2nd or 3rd round TKO.
The world is once again at his fingertips, and this time, he will look to hold onto it closely and dearly.
Whether it be a KO, a submission, or an easy 5-round unanimous decision victory, Jon Jones will beat you in any way possible and any way necessary. I have a feeling we are going to see some incredible things from this young man in the near future.