It must sting a bit every time Jones’ record is announced with a “1” in the loss column. Though Jones does indeed have an official stumble, the blemish was not related to him being submitted, stopped with strikes, or outpointed on the judges’ scorecards. Rather, “Bones” was disqualified from a match-up with Matt Hamill for a reason many would argue was unnecessary. Jones had already left Hamill in a heap with stand-up when he landed a few 12-6 elbows, forcing the referee’s intervention. With Hamill already hurt from the beatdown he’d suffered immediately prior to the foul, he was unable to continue and Jones was handed the bitter taste of defeat.
There’s no question the UFC boasts the bulk of the best fighters in the world and making it to the organization is an accomplishment worthy of praise. However, that’s not to say the path is always a smooth one for the elite athletes calling the Octagon home. In fact, nearly every Mixed Martial Artist in the sport has a moment he/she would love to erase from history. For example, consider some of the competitors set to scrap on September 21 at UFC 165. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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