Jones looking to break Ortiz's title defense record
MANILA, Philippines – UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones”Jones wants to fight two more times this year as he aims to break Hall-of-Famer Tito Ortiz’s record of title defenses in the 205-pound division.
Jones tied Ortiz’s record of five consecutive title defenses when he defeated Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 last April, but his manager, Malki Kawa, told Bleacher Report that “Bones” is gunning to own the record.
“I’ll just tell you this, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jon fights two more times this year. That’s very aggressive, and I know that’s crazy, but it’s something that he discussed with me, and we talked about it,” Kawa said.
“I told Superman to relax a little bit, you’re injured right now, but he’s got an aggressive timeline in his head. Certain goals and accomplishments that he wants, and we’re looking to get that record,” he added.
Jones sustained a gruesome toe injury in his bout against Sonnen, but Kawa said the champion is ahead of schedule.
Kawa said that breaking the record is Jones’ priority as of the moment, over potential super-fights against middleweight champion Anderson Silva or even a move to the heavyweight division.
“Before we can talk any superfight or any move in weight class or anything to that effect, Jon Jones wants to win his next fight at light heavyweight. He wants to break that record, and he wants to own that record solely,” Kawa stressed.
“He wants to be considered the greatest light heavyweight of all time at this point,” he added.
As for possible opponents, Kawa said they are considering Alexander Gustafsson, who has called out the champion before.
“I think he really wants to fight Alexander Gustafsson next,” Kawa said. “Alexander has called him out and I think Jon has said in numerous interviews that he would like to fight him next.”
If Jones breaks the title defense record, then they can start considering his next career move.
“He’ll get that next defense and once he breaks that record, after that, all the speculation can happen,” Kawa said.
Jones won the title by beating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128, then defended the belt against former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, and then Vitor Belfort and Sonnen.
Ortiz, meanwhile, won the title at UFC 25 against Wanderlei Silva and went on to defend it against Yuki Kondo, Evan Tanner, Elvis Sinosic, Vladimir Matyushenko and Ken Shamrock before losing it to Randy Couture.