ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 21: Jon Jones arrives for his light heavyweight title bout against Rashad Evans for UFC 145 at Philips Arena on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
For all intents and purposes, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is undefeated. Since his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut in early 2008, "Bones" has claimed victory in each of his fights.
No longer perfect, the new face of Nike will put his 205-pound strap on the line against former division titleholder Vitor Belfort in the headlining bout of the UFC 152: "Jones vs. Belfort" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which emanates from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 22, 2012.
It is not yet known if Jones (16-1) can be defeated by anyone other than himself.
That's because his lone loss came against Matt Hamill when they took center stage at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale back in late 2009. Up until that point, the current division kingpin was just 3-0 inside the Octagon with two unanimous decision wins to his credit. This was expected to be his breakout performance and in many ways, it was.
After the jump, we'll take a look back at the one that got away.
Referee Steve Mazzagatti brings them together for a final face off. Jones avoids eye contact and towers over his foe, almost comically, before touching gloves and making it official.
It would become one of the few significant strikes Hamill would land throughout the fight.
"The Hammer" opens by lazily pawing his left hand and testing the waters with a pair of leg kicks. He circles away as "Bones" goes upstairs with an up-and-down pruner. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan cautions viewers the 22-year-old phenom "has never faced a wrestler of Matt Hamill's caliber."
As the booth broadcasts his credentials, Hamill defiantly opposes their assessment with a hard outside leg kick that reverberates with an audible slap, followed by a looping left hand that finds its mark behind his opponent's ear. Jones briefly loses his footing before firing back a 1-2 counter that misses.
30 seconds into the fight and their bout can still be considered "competitive."
Hamill finds success with the leg kick and whirls off two more. One lands clean while its successor spins him around like a dreidel. Jones retaliates with a body kick and a right hand that connects flush. The TUF 3 veteran gets a little loosey-goosey with his offense and snaps off a spinning backfist that resembles a pirouette.
Jones calmly floats out of reach.
"Bones' invites his leg to the party and "Hammer" accepts the invitation. He clutches the limb and drives forward to secure the takedown but he's unable to finish it. His intended victim hops, pops and drops himself right out of harm's way and they reset.
The tide has officially begun to turn.
When Hamill lands a lead jab, he's answered with a spinning elbow that shifts him into reverse. Jones jars him with a hard outside leg kick and follows with a foot to the dome -- just as the Utica native rushes in for some clinch work. They share a one-handed Plum and Hamill's dirty boxing leads to one of the most devastating trip-takedowns in UFC history.
And the beginning of the end.
Jones slinks a leg behind his unsuspecting foe and clamps his right across the small of the back. Using his left, he torques his body downward, effectively clotheslining Hamill -- who not only crashes to the floor -- but dislocates his shoulder upon impact.
Full mount is achieved with no resistance as the fallen fighter is clearly shaking off the cobwebs. Meanwhile, Jones mercilessly rains down punches like an angry piston and when they don't break through, he switches to elbows, similar to the ones that shattered the face of Brandon Vera just a few months later.
90 seconds left to fight and Hamill begins to bleed.
"Bones" wails away and gives Mazaggatii a couple of looks, but to no avail. Rogan accuses him of trying to "con his way into a stoppage." Frustrated, Jones begins to hack, slash and nail "The Hammer" with everything in the toolbox, including a downward elbow that follows the 12-6 path on an analog clock, prompting an abrupt stoppage from the man in black.
Mike Goldberg prematurely declares Jones, who celebrates with a cartwheel, the victor.
As officials try their best to peel Hamill off the floor, Rogan downplays the "ridiculous" rule of downward elbows -- just as the camera shows the cageside physician attempting to reconstruct Hamill's nose. Goldberg once again proclaims Jones the winner and undefeated at 10-0.
Except he wasn't.
Veteran voice of the Octagon, Bruce Buffer, reads the shocking conclusion to their light heavyweight battle as Jones wanders around the cage in disbelief. The crowd boos the unexpected decision and Hamill sheepishly strains his way through a post-fight interview.
Despite a violent -- and at times uncomfortable -- ending, Jones leaves "Sin City" in defeat. But how will he leave Toronto on Saturday night?