Jon Jones Vs Shogun Rua

UFC 128 (March 19 2011)

Shogun Rua Vs Jon Jones

Winner – Jon Jones Via Round 3 TKO

Despite his unceasing self sabotage, PED use and continued lack of self-awareness – Jon Jones is still and will forever be one of the greatest fighters of all time.

No matter how many times he falls short outside of the cage, Jon will always be one of the greatest combat sports athletes of all time. Jones is unbeaten in twenty three fights, including eleven title fights and only one rematch. Through a run that spanned eight years, Jon defeated the best fighters his division had to offer, in dominate fashion, including victories over five former champions and two wins over the current champion Daniel Cormier.

Jon Jones is an incomparable phenom inside the cage. When Jon fights he is the perfect intersection between reckless and technical – between striker and grappler – fast and strong – calm and overeager. Jon finds the perfect medium in every aspect of a fight and when he is at his peak can become a flawless martial artist.

Every sport has a guy, the benchmark, ’the one’ – for golf it will always be Tiger Woods – Basketball Michael Jordan – the list goes on with one main star coming to mind for almost every sport. Jon Jones was on his way to being that guy for Mixed Martial Arts. All he had to do was keep going and not get in his own way and he would have been an icon.

The unfortunate nature of life is such that when exceptional people, the outliers, the greatest of all time types, obtain perfection in their art – it usually means they are likely to fall short in most other areas of their life. From what he has shown us, this seems to be the case with Jon Jones.

From here we can only speculate what is next for Jon. The only thing that we know for sure is that the best thing for Jon is to be given the ability to express his art. If that is taken away from him, it would the most devastating waste of talent we have ever seen in our sport.

It has been and will always be a gift to watch Jon Jones fight in the UFC and I truly hope we will get the chance to watch again.


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I completely agree with this post. Really well put. I’ve seen a lot of really talented fighters in my years of calling fights, and Jon stands out as something special even in a group of the greats. As @davidgoggins so perfectly put it, he is “uncommon amongst uncommon people.” I really hope he gets through this latest setback and returns with a vengeance. #Repost @fightoftheday ・・・ UFC 128 (March 19 2011) Mauricio Rua Vs Jon Jones Winner – Jon Jones Via Round 3 TKO —————————— Despite his unceasing self sabotage, PED use and continued lack of self-awareness – Jon Jones is still and will forever be one of the greatest fighters of all time. No matter how many times he falls short outside of the cage, Jon will always be one of the greatest combat sports athletes of all time. Jones is unbeaten in twenty three fights, including eleven title fights and only one rematch. Through a run that spanned eight years, Jon defeated the best fighters his division had to offer, in dominate fashion, including victories over five former champions and two wins over the current champion Daniel Cormier. Jon Jones is an incomparable phenom inside the cage. When Jon fights he is the perfect intersection between reckless and technical – between striker and grappler – fast and strong – calm and overeager. Jon finds the perfect medium in every aspect of a fight and when he is at his peak can become a flawless martial artist. Every sport has a guy, the benchmark, ’the one’ – for golf it will always be Tiger Woods – Basketball Michael Jordan – the list goes on with one main star coming to mind for almost every sport. Jon Jones was on his way to being that guy for Mixed Martial Arts. All he had to do was keep going and not get in his own way and he would have been an icon. The unfortunate nature of life is such that when exceptional people, the outliers, the greatest of all time types, obtain perfection in their art – it usually means they are likely to fall short in most other areas of their life. From what he has shown us, this seems to be the case with Jon Jones. From here we can only speculate what is next for Jon. The only thing that we know for sure is that the best thing for Jon i

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