Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier, UFC 182, 3 January 2015
After Quinton Rampage Jackson defeated Chuck Liddell at UFC 52 in May 2007, the UFC Light Heavyweight division became one of the most competitive weight classes in the UFC. The Light Heavyweight belt bounced from one tried and true champion to another with each champion holding the position for less than a year.
Rampage Jackson was defeated by Forrest Griffin by leg kicks. Rashad Evans defeated Forrest Griffin via TKO. Lyoto Machida then defeated Rashad Evans via TKO. Finally Shogun Rua defeated Lyoto for the belt on the second try.
Then comes the 23 year old Jon Jones. Coming up the rankings, Jon Jones handily defeated every single Light Heavyweight contender the UFC threw at him. Brandon Vera, Matt Hamill, Vladimir Matyushenko, Ryan Bader…He defeated the beloved MMA super star Shogun Rua to become the Light Heavyweight Champion. As champion Jon Jones put away every single Light Heavyweight champion fight fans grew up with and held as heroes. Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort. Jon Jones further established his name in MMA history with one of the best fights ever against Alexander Gustafsson.
Its taken me almost 4 years to come to terms and accept Jon Jones as likely, the best Light Heavyweight fighter of all time.