Tito Ortiz claimed the UFC light heavyweight championship with a victory over Wanderlei Silva in 2000. He then went on to defend the title a record five times before falling to Randy Couture a few years later.
Since that time, the division’s top spot has been like a revolving door with numerous title-holders failing to successfully defend it a single time. However, Ortiz believes current champ, Jon Jones could be the one to set a new high-water mark for the division.
“I would love for it to stick around, but I think Jonny ‘Bones’ Jones will be the one to beat me,” said Ortiz in a recent interview with Newsday. “If there’s any person in the world I’d love to see do it, I would love to see him do it, because he’s such a good dude.”
Ortiz added that the recent DUI ticketed for Jones was the type of mistake “we all make at a young age.”
Jones has retained his belt on three separate occasions, besting ex-champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans. The 24-year old will make his fourth defense of the belt at UFC 151 against Dan Henderson.
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