Based on his UFC fights alone, it would be easy to deem former light heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound king Jon Jones as the best fighter in the game today.
After an impressive performance in his first ever title fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in 2011, “Bones” literally barreled through more big names such as Vitor Belfort, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Lyoto Machida, just to name a few.
At the same time, it seemed like Jones was unable to handle the trappings of fame, after committing one major misdemeanor after another.
After crashing a Bentley into a pole and hitting a pregnant woman and trying to flee the scene, the UFC has had enough and decided to suspend him indefinitely and strip him of his title in 2015.
In his absence, Daniel Cormier rose to the occasion to become the new UFC 205-pound champion.
Jones, on the other hand, served his sanctions and waited on the sidelines, and made a return in 2016.
That year, however, also proved to be problematic for Jones, who was forced out of his scheduled UFC 200 fight against Daniel Cormier in July.
He once again played out his suspension and became adamant for a strong comeback in 2017 when he finally faced Cormier for the second time at UFC 214 in July.
Jones did win the fight via third-round stoppage, but another drug test mishap forced the UFC to strip his title and overturn the result to crown Cormier as the champion once again.
He is currently waiting for his USADA arbitration where it will be decided if he would be getting the maximum four-year suspension for this second offense.
At that point, many observers have already had it with Jones and his seemingly self-sabotaging attitude. UFC president Dana White, for one, believes it may be the end of the road for the 30-year-old Rochester, New York native.
“He’s the best ever in MMA to do it,” White said in an August 2017 media scrum. “He’s the best ever, which makes it even more unfortunate. If this ends up where he gets a two or three-year [ban] this might be the end of his career. So to talk about his legacy? It would probably be the end of his career.”
With that in mind, White has now established whom he thinks is the best 205-pounder in the game today. Watch the clip below to find out.