UFC: Jones chases history in 6th title defense
MANILA – UFC champion Jon “Bones” Jones seeks to set the record of most light heavyweight title defenses when he faces number one contender Alexander Gustafsson in UFC 165 this weekend.
Jones, the youngest fighter ever to win a UFC title, is currently tied with Tito Ortiz with five successful title defenses.
“To be able to have the most consecutive light heavyweight title defenses is huge,” said Jones in Countdown to UFC 165. “Being the best in something doesn't come around the corner very often.”
But the 6’4” New Yorker will have to hurdle Gustafsson, a fighter with similar height and build, to record the historical win.
The 25-year-old Gustafsson is riding on a six-fight win streak and was only beaten once in his 16 fight career.
“It would be nice to beat a guy who's tall and young,” said Jones.
Gustafsson said he relishes the chance of challenging a future hall-of-famer.
“I just wanted to fight him a long time [ago],” said the 6’5” Swede.
“I'm a striker, about the same size... I'm here to take his belt, I'm gonna beat Jon Jones.”
UFC 165 takes place in Ontario, Canada this Saturday. It will be aired on Balls Channel on Sunday.