Jon Jones: MMA Sporting News Athlete of the Decade

Jon Jones entered 2010 is coming off one of the worst calls in MMA history when he was excluded by Matt Hamill in December 2009 when he threw what was considered illegal elbows by referee Steve Mazagatti. Despite this unfortunate event, Jones entered the decade, as the experts felt it would be him who would dominate the sport.

It wasn’t wrong.

Jones, 32, went 16-0 with one out of the competition and eight of those in the distance. He is a three-time UFC lightweight champion. OK with a six-week warning, Jones beat Maurice “Shogun” Rua UFC 128 in March 2011 to stop him in the third round to win the title. From there, it was the show “Bones” Jones.

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Jones not only defeated his opponents, dominating them from the opening bell to the end of the contest. After defeating Rua, he finished four consecutive UFC light heavyweight champions in Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort. Jones has also beaten compatriots Daniel Cormir, Hale Sonen and Alexander Gusafson (twice).

The last 10 years were not without personal problems for Jones, who was indicted on DWI, leaving the scene of a hit-and-run, and battery. The controversy also surrounded Jones with his racing career as he failed two drug trials and ended up receiving suspensions on these issues.

Despite these episodes, there is no doubt as to what Jones was capable of doing in the octagon.

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These dominant appearances in the 2010s saw Jones not see the future of mixed martial arts as the greatest fighter he ever played in the four-ounce gloves.

And for those achievements, Jon Jones is the athlete of MMA Sporting News of the decade.

Runners: Daniel Cormir, Dimitrios Johnson and Connor McGregor.

With the numbers

– Jones’ record for the decade is a staggering 16-0 with a no-contest.

– Of his 17 games, 14 of them were title bouts.

– In Jones’ first domination as a light heavyweight champion, Jones defended the belt eight times in a row.

What they say:

– UFC President Dana White about Jones: “Jon Jones has done the same thing, fought the best out there, looking at who hit the light heavyweight division … The fact that he beat Daniel Cormier twice it’s incredible, because Cormier is incredible. “

– Former opponent and training partner Rashad Evans: “No doubt, Jon Jones, when I think Jon Jones is the best in history. I would say technically speaking, he’s probably the best fighter.”

The next decade belongs to Israel Adesania

Like Jones, you could see early in the UFC run that Adesanya had something special in him. The fluidity with which Adesanya moves through the cage, apart from the way it can end people, is quite amazing. Within 20 months of joining the UFC, Adesanya is already a middleweight champion and is considered one of the best fighters in mixed martial arts.

The 30-year-old was so dominant that he had already spoken of him taking Jones in a superfight. A victory over Jones, provided Adesanya remains healthy, should leave no doubt that “Last Bender Bender” should rule MMA for the next decade.

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