Jon Jones is confident his reign as a UFC champion will continue for years.
Jones, who is set to defend his light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 247 against Dominick Reyes, knows he will continue to be the champion. “Bones” is considered one of the best fighters of all-time, if not the best. And, Jones knows nothing will change in the years to come.
“Deep down inside, I did believe I would be in the situation I am in now [as the top-ranked fighter in MMA] and I’m excited to see me 10 years from now, you know? I believe that I’ll still be on top of the sport,” Jon Jones said to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.”I’ve always had a very strong conviction that I could be the greatest ever, and sure enough through just years of belief and hard work we’re here.”
Whether or not he will be able to do that is to be seen. But, in 10 years from now, Jon Jones will be 42-years-old. So, to still reign over the sport for that long would no doubt cement himself as the GOAT.
Currently, he is 25-1 and one no-contest. The loss came by DQ in a fight against Matt Hamill. There, many believe the scrap should have been stopped before the illegal elbows. So, many, including the UFC who market him as an undefeated champion say he has never lost.
In his career, he became the youngest UFC champion and beat some of the best ever in different generations. He has notable wins over the likes of Shogun Rua, Rashad Evans, Quinton Jackson, Vitor Belfort, Alexander Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier, and more. But, the knock-on him has always been his reluctance to move to heavyweight. But, perhaps after UFC 247, he may finally make the move. Given he’s running out of contenders at light heavyweight.