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Dana White: Jon Jones more accomplished light heavyweight champion than Chuck Liddell

Once considered heresy, UFC President Dana White has gone on record to identify a light heavyweight champion more accomplished than Chuck Liddell, who helped the promotion become the powerhouse it is today.

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

It wasn't too long ago when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was throwing his current Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones under the bus every chance he could get.

When "Bones" refused to fight Chael Sonnen on a few days notice last year at UFC 151 after his original opponent, Dan Henderson, came down with an injury, the Las Vegas fight boss blasted Jon -- and head coach Greg Jackson -- for "murdering" the canceled event.

That prompted the champ to defend himself by saying he didn't appreciate being treated like a "piece of meat," which was met with a rebuttal from Dana asking "Bones" if he felt that way when the company bought him a brand new Bentley.

Oh, and he also labeled Jones a "diva" for his reaction to the UFC 151 backlash.

But, three impressive title defenses later and White can't stop Jon's praises, much like he did during a recent media scrum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, when White -- along with Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva -- were in town to promote the upcoming 185-pound "Weidman vs. Silva 2" rematch at UFC 168 on Dec 28, 2013.

As White proclaimed, Jones has "gone through hell" and accomplished what no other champion -- Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell included -- has done before.

"Jones has had the toughest run of guys in the UFC. I mean, to get to the belt and to defend the belt, Jones has had to go through hell. Yeah, and he's the most accomplished. Nevermind Tito Ortiz, let's talk about Chuck Liddell, somebody who could actually really fight. Even Chuck Liddell, the things he accomplished and the things that he did, what Jon Jones has accomplished is greater than any light heavyweight, ever."

Indeed, Jones' record-breaking sixth consecutive title defense against Alexander Gustafsson earlier this month at UFC 165 was the cherry on top of the already impressive run he began in 2011.

A fight many in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community have called the greatest light heavyweight scrap of all time.

White added that he "admires" the 205-pound champion for choosing to fight Glover Teixeira next and then promising to rematch "The Mauler" immediately after. What say you Maniacs? Is Jon Jones without a doubt the greatest light heavyweight of all time?

Or do the "Iceman" fans have an argument to cool down that talk?

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