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Tito Ortiz thinks Jon Jones will break his record for consecutive title-defenses

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.

Ortiz, meanwhile, will compete for the final time inside the Octagon against Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 where he will also be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

18 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    He could very well do it, for one because I think at this point there’s nobody who can really challenge him at lhw. I know a lot of people think Hendo can, but I don’t, unless Jones gets cocky or screws up and circles left.

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  • MCM says:

    He’ll also do it because he never fought Tito or Chuck before getting his title shot, unlike every other LHW champ since Tito took the belt 12 years ago. LHW curse ya’ll. It’s for realzies.

    Hendo hasn’t fought Chuck or Tito either, but Jones is the better fighter and will keep the belt. (I still hate the guy though.)

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Honestly, does Tito’s record even matter anymore considering what Anderson Silva has done?

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  • MCM says:

    It’s not so much the record as it is the Division. The two biggest names in the UFC, and arguably MMA, are Chuck and Tito. Both of whom reigned in the division that has been described as the one where “any fighter in the top 10 can beat any other fighter on any given night”. A.S. reigns in a division that has only started looking good in the past two years. If Jones has a year like he did last year, he becomes the undisputed all time reigning champ of the premier division in the sport.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Hell yes his record matters, Tito was the best of his time Anderson is the best of his time ( current) People who love this sport respect all the fighters but the guys who make it to the top dont just become irrelavant because another fighter in another weight class dominated more than he did. I am surprised anybody would say that.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I didn’t say “Tito Ortiz’s accomplishments are no longer relevant”. I said his streak of title-defenses doesn’t mean as much as Silva’s.

    And before you knock who Silva’s beaten, let’s not forget Ortiz’s successful defenses came against Yuki Kondo, Evan Tanner, Vladimir Matyushenko, Elvis Sinosic, and Ken Shamrock. Acting as though the collective of Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, and Rich Franklin X2 (plus the others) don’t stack up to them, let alone surpass them, is fanboy ish.

    I might even be inclined to argue Jones has been more impressive as a champion by beating Evans, Machida, and “Rampage” than Tito ever was.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    MMA is so rapidly expanding & evolving that it’s almost inevitable that Jones’ run would be more impressive than Tito’s…just by the sheer nature of things. Today’s crop of top fighters is leaps & bounds ahead of a decade ago, regardless of the weight class.

    And for us as fans, this is a damn good thing. As Brendhan mentioned above, it doesn’t make what the Titos & Chucks of the sport did early on irrelevant. It’s the exact opposite, as those guys played a huge part in paving the way for the growing sport we all love to watch. But putting things in proper perspective, trying to belittle Jones’ accomplishments doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

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  • MCM says:

    Who’s belittling Jones?

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    For his time Titos record was unheard of, for his time Andersons is also, I consider them both incredibly impressive, remember back when Tito was defending the belt thoes guys were not exactly chumps, same for Anderson, and Jones.

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Another way to look at it is that Tito was ultra dominant in his prime.
    He took gn’p to a new level.
    To even bring Anderson Silva into this discussion is fanboy ish on your part, and to even use that term diminishes your accomplishments as a writer,IMO.
    However, I do respect your right to sputter whimsey on this thread, however silly it may be.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    @MCM – Yeah, scratch that part. I strayed from the discussion, making more of a general comment in regard to Jones having his fair share of critics along the way, but it doesn’t really fit with the comments here.

    Back on topic, I’m with Brendhan in questioning how much the streaks within each division really matter. We care about dominant champions, but keeping track of the longest defense streak in each division seems like more of an interesting tidbit, particularly since Anderson came along and has set the mark that blows everything else out of the water.

    I think that’s the streak people care about…fans & fighters alike. I was reading Bendo’s comments the other day when he made reference to it. I forget the actual exchange but something about what his goal as champion was and him responding that he’s chasing Anderson’s streak +1 (i.e. to beat it).

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Why is it so difficult to separate Tito’s title-run from his overall impact on the sport? I didn’t question his contributions to MMA/UFC, accomplishments in the ring, or credibility as a Hall of Fame fighter. I said Anderson Silva’s current streak as champ is more impressive than Ortiz’s. That has nothing to do with how dominant Tito was in his prime or how devastating his ground and pound was, just the number of consecutive title-defenses.

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Well, Tito’s title run is all the proof you need about his huge impact on the sport.
    His huge impact on the sport included his title run.
    The two go hand and hand.You can’t talk about one without bringing up the other.

    To answer your original question , apparently Tito’s record DOES still matter because there is an article written around it and he DOES still have the record.

    What I have issue with is that you would ask it and bring up Silva’s run in a Jacoby Harms written article about Tito’s thoughts on Jones.
    While it is a valid question, it deserves it’s own article and comment space, and not approaching trollism in this one.
    Now get to work,dammit!

    By the way, after doing some research ,I found out that the proper term is ‘Fanboy-esque’,so I guess we’re both wrong on that count.

    Cheers

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  • MCM says:

    Because the story is not about the longest streak in MMA but Tito’s streak. Tito was the first LHW champ of the UFC (Frank was MW) and still holds the record for most defenses. 10 other LHW champs have had the chance to break that record and NONE could. If Jones breaks that record, he will be the first man in almost a decade to do so.
    Bringing in Silva or GSP (6 title defenses) is not the point, the point is that Tito has held the record in his division for 10 years, and 10 other champs have failed to break it.

    It’s no different (well slightly) than if JDS defends his belt a record 3 times in the HW division. Sure 3 times is no big deal, but it’s never been done at HW and that’s the point.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I wasn’t aiming for “fanboyish”, but “fanboy ish” where “ish” meant “shit” as in to say “that’s fanboy shit”. lol

    And MCM wins in the end because he’s right – it’s not about comparing streaks but those in the LHW division, period. However, an article debating Tito’s reign versus guys like Silva, Dos Santos, GSP, etc. could merit revisiting in the near future. Clearly some good opinions out there on the topic.

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  • MCM says:

    yeah me.

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Welcome to 5oz Of Pain- bringing MMA fans closer together.

    Kumbaya,MCM…Kumbaya, Conlan.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Hey

    Brendhan Conlan
    I might even be inclined to argue Jones has been more impressive
    as a champion by beating Evans, Machida, and “Rampage” than
    Tito ever was.

    all ex champions.

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