UFC president Dana White recently declared Jon Jones as the GOAT.
White was adamant in his belief that no one else inside the octagon has been as good as Bones.
“There’s no debate. Jon Jones is the GOAT,” White told ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto. “Jon Jones is the greatest to ever do it. There’s no debate about it.
“If you look at what the guy has accomplished. And what he was doing while he accomplished these things. It’s not like the guy was being good to himself in training hardcore.”
Jones’ career has been filled with controversy but there can be no doubting his talent.
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However, there’s one stain on his 26-1, 1 NC record. A defeat to Matt Hamill at The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights Finale in December 2009.
We say defeat like Jones was actually beaten. In fact, he was disqualified for using multiple 12-6 elbows.
Jones dominated the bout but was disqualified for the downward blows. Hamill had suffered a dislocated shoulder and was under real pressure before Jones was DQ’d.
Jones was stunned when the result was announced.
Hamill himself wasn’t comfortable with the outcome.
“He definitely didn’t lose this fight, and I definitely didn’t win, but I guess the rules are there for a reason,” he said, per MMA Junkie.
“It is what it is. I went into this fight feeling like my record was actually 9-1, so with this so-called win, I will now consider my record 9-2.”
White called the decision “unfortunate”.
“It shouldn’t have happened,” he told Bleacher Report in 2010.
“It shouldn’t have happened that way. He shouldn’t have a loss, so it’s unfortunate.”
However, Jones accepted the decision.
“God is still really good to me, and life is so great. Everything happens for a reason,” he said, per MMA Junkie.
It’s a blemish on Jones’ record, although it’s impossible to say he’s been ‘beaten’.