Ortiz: I'd dominate Jones during my prime
MANILA, Philippines – UFC hall-of-famer Tito Ortiz said he would have dominated light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones if they faced each other during his prime.
"I think I'd dominate him,” said the retired MMA legend in an interview on The MMA Hour.
Jones recently tied Ortiz’s record of successful title defenses when he stopped Chael Sonnen for his fifth light heavyweight title retention.
"Takedowns, of course. Clinch, striking… Big heart,” said Ortiz when asked about his weapons versus Jones.
But he admitted that if anyone could break his record, he said it’s Jones.
He said no one comes close to Jones in the present light heavyweight landscape.
"I really don't see anybody to beat him. I don't think anybody can really get close to him. His mindset is perfect. I think it's how a champion should be. As long as no personal stuff happens to him, I don't think he'll have much problem with anybody, just because of his wrestling. Wrestling has always been a dominating force in UFC," said Ortiz.
Meanwhile, Ortiz said it would be unfair to compare his era to Jones’.
"The time and the eras are so totally separated. A lot of guys who I fought, they beat guys who were No. 1 contenders, and that's why I fought them. But like I said, I always fought the people they put in front of me. When I fought (Vladimir) Matyushenko, it was on a three-week notice and I still took the fight."