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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.


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