With his first-round finish over Chael Sonnen last weekend (April 27, 2013) at UFC 159 in Newark, New Jersey, Jon Jones tied the mark for most title defenses (five) in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight division, sharing the honor with Tito Ortiz.
Should "Bones" defeat his next opponent, he will have sole possession of the record, dropping "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy's" achievement -- held for nearly a decade -- to second place in the mixed martial arts (MMA) history books.
Despite recently tweeting (in jest) about how he would un-retire in order to prevent that from happening, Ortiz revealed during his appearance on "The MMA Hour" that he is indeed done with fighting and won't be returning for a comeback tour.
And though Tito says he would "dominate" Jones in his prime, he has no problem losing his longstanding mark to a "classy guy" such as "Bones."
"I do, of course. I think I'd dominate him. Takedowns, of course. Clinch, striking. I don't know. Big heart. I think Jon Jones is good though, man. If anybody's going to beat my record, I would like him to beat it. I don't think there's anybody in this sport right now with the technique and skills that he has. I think he's very mellow mannered, he's a soft spoken guy, but his fighting shows how good he really is. I have nothing but respect for the guy, man."
According to Tito, being second to a "true champ" such as Jones isn't a bad thing:
"If I'm under a person who holds the record, I think Jon Jones is the man (it should) be. He's very classy. He's respectful, soft spoken, and he's a true champ. I really don't see anybody to beat him. I don't think anybody can really get close to him. His mindset is perfect. I think it's how a champion should be. As long as no personal stuff happens to him, I don't think he'll have much problem with anybody, just because of his wrestling. Wrestling has always been a dominating force in UFC."
When comparing level of competition in their respective runs, Ortiz says it will always be up to debate seeing as how they were "two different eras."
As far as who will be next for Jones, Alexander Gustafsson seems to be next in line, but thanks to a gruesome toe injury "Bones" suffered during his bout against "The American Gangster," the defending champion could be on the sideline for an extended period of time.
Those circumstances could lead to a No. 1 contender's bout between Lyoto Machida and "The Mauler."
Either challenger could prove to be a tough obstacle for Jones in his quest for the record, but which of the two has the better chance at preventing Jones from surpassing Ortiz?