The man of the hour, Jones got his opportunity at gold with a little bit of luck after Rashad Evans was forced to withdraw from a match-up with then-champion Mauricio Rua. Jones slid into the vacant spot, accepting the effort with six weeks to prepare, and absolutely destroyed Rua in the duel. The 18-1 “Bones” has since beaten four former UFC champions and Chael Sonnen to boot.
A week from tonight, UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones will attempt to ascend into rarified air by holding on to his title for a sixth straight time when he faces Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. Not only will Jones lay claim to the longest reign as 205-pound king with a victory but also separate himself from the pack and start creeping towards the all-time record for successive defenses of a UFC belt currently held by Anderson Silva. His run at immortality has been an impressive one to be sure, though the same can clearly be said about all the men at the top of the list of consecutive wins with the gold up for grabs. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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