After Jon Jones defeated Glover Teixeira this past weekend (April 26, 2014) at UFC 172 in Baltimore, Md., not only did he extend his consecutive title defense record to seven, but he took control of yet another Octagon record.
"Bones" surpassed Chuck Liddell for the most wins in the light heavyweight division under the UFC banner with 14. However, most historians would argue that Tito Ortiz should be the rightful owner of that record because he amassed 15 divisional wins (regardless of earlier weight ranges) during his tenure with the Zuffa-owned company.
It was a spiteful move with which "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" was none too pleased.
Speaking to Bloody Elbow, Ortiz elaborated on the company's decision to exclude him from the list, saying what bothers him the most is that his kids won't be able to see what he accomplished during his UFC tenure after giving his heart and soul to the organization for 15 years.
"I feel really bad for my fans and my kids. They will want to look at the history of what their father has done and the fans will want to see what their favorite fighter has done. I have no control over it, of course, and I didn't know it was that serious, but I guess I've got to read between the lines and that's the way they feel. I'm baffled by it. I can't believe they would do this after I gave my life and soul to them for 15 years. I thought they'd have at least a little respect for me. I'm not their fighter anymore, so they just swept me under the rug. I won't sit here and complain about it though, because I did what I wanted to do on my own terms. I never lived on my knees with them. I went out on my feet and I'm still here, doing what I love."
While Ortiz has obvious hard feelings toward his former employer (and vice-versa), he doesn't have one bad thing to say about Jones, whom Ortiz said will go down as the best the sport has ever seen.
"I'm a huge fan of this guy. He's a great champion, and I believe he is one of the greatest ever. When I watch him fight, I feel like I'm watching an artist paint a canvas. If you compared the colors in the palette to his weapons, and he's got plenty of them, he creates a masterpiece every time. I really like watching him fight. I have never seen somebody put their palms on someone's head and mark where they're going to put their elbow. The fight he put on Saturday night was just amazing. I'm so glad I bought the PPV, even though it might be the last time I ever buy one. He does things that no one has ever seen before. No one from my time or any other time has ever dominated like that, and I think he'll go down as one of the best ever."
Indeed, Jones is well on his way to shatter most UFC records. And in doing so, he keeps adding to his legacy. A legacy that is far from being completed, seeing as how the champ is just 26-years of age.
As for Ortiz, he will next compete at Bellator 120 on May 17, 2014, as he looks to get a win over Alexander Shlemenko in what will mark the promotion's pay-per-view (PPV) debut.
It's a win the former UFC champ desperately needs to snap a three-fight skid.
What say you Maniacs, is UFC wrong for trying to rewrite history as it sees fit by not including Ortiz in its record books? He is, after all, one of the true pioneers of the sport in general and UFC in particular.