In 2011, at the age of 23, Jon Jones became the youngest ever UFC light heavyweight champion. He appeared unstoppable, and the stars were his only constraint. Since then, however, “Jonny Bones'” career has been rocky, marked by stunning triumphs but also problems outside of the Octagon.
This Saturday, at UFC 285, in Las Vegas, Jones will return to the Octagon after a three-year layoff to make his heavyweight debut against Ciryl Gane for the vacant UFC heavyweight championship.
Jon Jones Is The Youngest Ultimate Fighting Championship Champion Ever.
In his UFC debut against Andre Gusmao in August of 2008, Jon Jones won a unanimous decision. Jones defeated Stephan Bonnar and Jake O’Brien afterward, but he was disqualified from his bout with Matt Hamill, his first professional MMA loss.
After defeating Brandon Vera, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Ryan Bader, Jones earned a shot at the UFC championship.
On March 19, 2011, at UFC 128, ‘Bones’ competed against MMA legend Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua for the Light Heavyweight championship.
At just 23 years old, Jon Jones stunned the MMA world by knocking out Shogun in the third round to capture the 205-pound championship.
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Jon Jones Wants To Become The All-Time Great In Mixed Martial Arts By Winning The UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Before his much-anticipated heavyweight debut, Jon Jones has stated repeatedly that he plans to become the ultimate fighter in mixed martial arts by winning the 265-pound title (Greatest Of All Time).
On March 27, 2021, at UFC 260, the heavyweight championship held by Stipe Miocic will be defended against Francis Ngannou in a rematch. It is believed that the victor of this battle would defend his title against Jon Jo.
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Date of birth: February 25, 1992 Age: 25 years and 2 months (9,213 days)
On his MMA debut at UFC 13, Tito Ortiz was only 22 years old. As a replacement, he made it to the light heavyweight competition final, where he was defeated by Guy Mezger.
After avenging his previous loss to Mezger only three fights later, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was granted a rematch with young UFC champion Frank Shamrock.
The fight ended in the fourth round, and if Ortiz had won, he would have become the fourth youngest champion in UFC history.
With the victory, Shamrock announced his retirement, and Ortiz faced Wanderlei Silva in a fight to crown a new light heavyweight champion. With his decision victory over Silva, Ortiz served as the UFC’s boisterous king of the 205-pound weight class and led the promotion through some trying times.
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We Have Jens Pulver.
Date of birth: February 25, 1992 Age: 25 years and 2 months (9,211 days)
As a 23-year-old, Jens Pulver entered the mixed martial arts arena. He had 12 fights under his belt in less than two years and was scheduled to face Caol Uno in the first ever UFC lightweight championship bout.
“Lil’ Evil” won a majority decision over “Uno” and became the new lightweight champion. After successfully defending his championship against Dennis Hallman and BJ Penn, he vacated it due to a contract disagreement, which was ultimately a poor choice.
Even Nevertheless, Pulver will always maintain the distinction of being the first ever lightweight champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.