Newark, NJ (WBNG Binghamton) UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones retained his title beating challenger Chael Sonnen by TKO in the first round. A fight that brought Jones back to the place where his ascension to UFC greatness began. Action Sports' Travis Eldridge wraps up our weekend coverage from Newark, New Jersey.
Two years, a month and eight days. That's how much time's elapsed in between title fights in Newark, New Jersey for Jon "Bones" Jones.
But in between, five title defenses, now.
Including the one against Chael Sonnen, last night, here in the Prudential Center.
"It's awesome, the last time I was here I had all these goals and aspirations of becoming a champion and now I'm here in the same building as one of the best champions," Jones says.
But it didn't come without adversity.
Jones broke his toe during the first round knockout of Chael Sonnen which could have cost him the belt if he didn't finish the fight.
Instead, with the win, Jones is just one title defense from the light heavyweight record and is now in consideration for the title of best light heavyweight of all time.
"It sounds arrogant but I owe it to myself. This is my life. A lot of other people, you guys report on it, or fan can watch it, but for me I have to breathe, eat and sleep this so, aspiring to be the greatest is something I owe myself and that's what I want to be is the greatest, and I believe that's what will happen eventually," says Jones.
"He's a lot better than I thought he was. To beat a guy is one thing. To beat a guy at his own game is a whole other. He's the best fighter I've ever fought," says Chael Sonnen.
What's next for the Endicott native?
Well so far, no one really knows but first things first is to get that foot healed and get back to training once more.