At UFC 182 last Saturday night, Jon Jones didn’t just defend his title against Daniel Cormier, he sent a message to the entire MMA world. Heading into the bout many, including myself, thought that Cormier would dethrone the pound-for-pound king with his dominant wrestling, but we were proven very wrong. Not only did Jones get the better of the wrestling exchanges, but he took the former two-time Olympian down for the first time in his career within minutes of round one.

Cormier put up a good fight, but Jones was clearly the better fighter and it wasn’t all that close. Now at just 27 years young, Jones has defended his UFC light heavyweight title eight consecutive times and he has beat the best of the best in doing so. Clearly Jones is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport today, but on Saturday I believe he cemented the fact that he is the greatest MMA fighter of all time.

Before you get your pitchforks and torches out and you start screaming the names of Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre, just stop and process what Jones has been able to process thus far.

Jones has been fighting professionally for just under seven years. In that time, he has gone 20-1 with his lone loss coming by way of disqualification. Granted a loss is a loss, but at the same time, it is easy to say that no one have ever beaten Jones in MMA.

Back in March of 2011, at just 23 years old, Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history defeating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via third round TKO; a bout Jones took just one month after becoming the first man to submit Ryan Bader.

Since that time, Jones has defeated the best of the best in the UFC’s premier division and he has often made it looks easy. With wins over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira and now Cormier, Jones has all but cleaned out the light heavyweight division.

His resume speaks for itself, Jones is the best fighter in the history of MMA and he is just now entering the prime of his career. Jones just keeps getting better and better every time he steps inside the octagon. “Bones” just isn’t beating fighters by imposing his will, he is beating them at their own games.

It’s one thing to go after an opponent’s weaknesses, it’s an entirely different thing to attack an opponent’s strengths, and that is exactly what Jones has been doing…and it is what makes Jones the greatest of all time.

Granted it is still very early in Jones’ career…maybe too early to crown his the GOAT. But when you look at what he has done and who he has done it to, it’s hard not to mention his name in the conversation. Even if you personally don’t believe that Jones is the GOAT, it’s only a matter of time before his performance changes your perception.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.