Newsflash! History’s Greatest Light Heavyweight Fighter Defeats Olympic Wrestler at UFC 182

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A Brief History

Shortly before 1 AM Eastern Time on January 4, 2015, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defeated formerly undefeated Olympian Daniel Cormier in a grueling five-round battle in Las Vegas.  With this victory, Jones cements his position as the all-time greatest light heavyweight mixed martial artist.  The youngest fighter to win a UFC championship, his accomplishments include having the most successful consecutive title defenses in the division and the longest win streak in UFC light heavyweight history.

Digging Deeper

Yet, probably one of his finest moments actually occurred outside of the cage.  On March 19, 2011, while driving to New Jersey, Jones noticed an elderly couple in distress.  He soon discovered that a man has robbed the couple.  Jones pursued and caught the robber, detaining the criminal until the police arrived.

Both in and outside of the cage, Jones is undeniably one of the most bad-ass men on the planet and given his relative youth as a fighter, it is not inconceivable that he may even surpass Anderson Silva to be considered the greatest fighter of any weight class in mixed martial arts history.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Gerbasi, Thomas.  UFC Encyclopedia.  BRADY GAMES, 2011.

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Dr. Zar graduated with a B.A. in French and history, a Master’s in History, and a Ph.D. in History. He currently teaches history in Ohio.