Jon Jones cemented his position as one of the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time after defeating No. 1 contender and bitter rival Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 in Las Vegas last night.
The event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena drew a respectable crowd of 11,575 for a gate of $3.7 million.
He earned a unanimous decision over Cormier, with all three judges scoring the contest 49-46, and Jones spoke post-match on his ambition to become the greatest champion in the history of the sport.
“It’s so feasible, it’s so attainable. All I gotta do is stay focused,” said Jones at the post-fight press conference. “I do believe 2015 will be the year I solidify it.”
Jones has only lost one professional fight and UFC president Dana White said Jones, at 27, is still so young and has so much more he can accomplish but acknowledged he’s beaten the who’s who in the division.
“If this continues, yeah, probably the greatest ever,” said White.
In the co-main event, Donald Cerrone derailed the momentum of undefeated prospect Myles Jury, by earning victory via unanimous decision, while middleweight Brad Tavares snapped a two-fight losing skid with a win over veteran Nate Marquardt.
Hector Lombard got the better of fellow welterweight Josh Burkman on his return to the UFC, while in the flyweight division, Japan’s Kyoji Horiguchi scored a decision-win over Louis Guadinot.