By The Numbers: Jon Jones

By: Mark Raymundo
Aug 31, 2018

Jon Jones may have engaged in less-than-savory activities outside the cage, but his place as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all-time remains secure. The former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder has been relegated to sideline duty while the United States Anti-Doping Agency sorts out his case in relation to a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs.

As Jones awaits word of his fate in the hopes of continuing his remarkable career, here are some of the numbers that have come to define him:

6: Wins in the first three months of his professional career. Jones debuted on April 12, 2008 and fought twice more over the following two weeks. He competed again on May 9, June 20 and July 12. Included in Jones’ run was a technical knockout of Moyses Gabin that brought with it the United States Kickboxing Association light heavyweight championship. His efforts drew the attention of the UFC.

2: Weeks’ notice for his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut against Andre Gusmao. A late replacement for Tomasz Drwal at UFC 87, Jones impressed with strong takedowns and unorthodox striking in a unanimous decision victory.

7: Takedowns scored on Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94. “The American Psycho” had years of experience on Jones, but “Bones” outclassed him on his way to another unanimous verdict.

1: Submission attempt levied against Jake O’Brien at UFC 100, and it was enough to end the fight. The guillotine choke-induced finished marked Jones’ first stoppage inside the Octagon.

1: Loss on his resume. It came against Matt Hamill at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” Finale, where Jones dominated from the start before being disqualified for the use of illegal 12-to-6 elbows.

1: “Knockout of the Night” bonus won. Jones victimized Brandon Vera with elbows and punches in the first round of their UFC Live 1 main event on March 21, 2010. The victory started a run of six straight finishes for the Jackson-Wink MMA standout. After he smashed Vera, Jones stopped Vladimir Matyushenko, Ryan Bader, Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida.

75: Significant strikes landed on Rua at UFC 128, per FightMetric. Jones put away the Pride Fighting Championships veteran with punches and knees to capture the undisputed light heavyweight title. Rua mustered only nine significant strikes in return.

23: Years of age when he laid claim to the 205-pound crown, making Jones the youngest UFC champion in history.

8: Successful title defenses. Jones defended the light heavyweight championship against Jackson, Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira and Daniel Cormier. However, he was stripped off the title after violating the UFC’s code of conduct with his involvement in a hit-and-run incident.

1: No-contest to his name. Jones knocked out Cormier in their UFC 214 rematch, only to see the result overturned after he tested positive for a banned substance.

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