Lethal MMA Striker: Ranking Jon Jones’ 5 Greatest UFC Knockouts

Lethal MMA Striker: Ranking Jon Jones’ 5 Greatest UFC Knockouts

Joel Reyes
March 5, 2023 at 2:56 PM
  • Jon Jones knocked out Shogun Rua to become the UFC’s youngest champion in 2011
  • Jones showed his knockout power in two UFC Versus events against Brandon Vera and Vladimir Matyushenko
  • Jones used powerful strikes to knock out Chael Sonnen and Alexander Gustafsson in separate title fights

Jon Jones added to his legend on Saturday, defeating Ciryl Gane to become the new UFC heavyweight champion.

Jones improved his MMA record to 27-1-0 (1 NC) with the win.

Five of Jones’ victories in the UFC have come by knockout but which is his greatest?

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Jon Jones looks on during the UFC heavyweight championship fight against Ciryl Gane of France during the UFC 285 event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Image: Chris Graythen
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1. Rua vs. Jones (UFC 128)

Jon Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history, defeating Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in their light heavyweight title showdown at UFC 128.

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In the third round, he accomplished that feat in style, knocking out Rua with a brutal body shot and a knee to the head.

2. Jones vs. Vera (UFC on Versus 1)

Jones headlined the card at the first-ever UFC on Versus event, battling Brandon Vera in the light heavyweight division.

‘Bones’ ended up in Vera's guard in the opening round, a position considered safe from ground and pound.

That wasn’t the case here, with Jones landing a massive elbow on Vera, breaking his orbital bone. Jones took full advantage of that injury, teeing off on Vera, who was rolled over and turtled up. He gave the referee no other choice but to stop the fight.

3. Jones vs. Matyushenko (UFC on Versus 2)

Jones delivered another stunning knockout in the second Versus event held by the UFC, dropping MMA veteran Vladimir Matyushenko.

He took down the Belarusian fighter moments into the opening round, with Jones moving to a mounted crucifix position. It was game over when he got there, landing several unanswered elbows to Matyushenko’s head before the fight was called.

4. Jones vs. Gustafsson (UFC 232)

The first fight between Jones and Gustafsson was a classic, with the lanky Swede nearly pulling off an upset win.

Jones made sure the outcome of their rematch was beyond doubt, scoring a knockout victory in the third round. He dominated right from the get-go, utilizing his ground-and-pound technique to trouble Gustafsson in the first two rounds.

He then took full advantage in the third round when Gustafsson suffered a groin injury. After getting a takedown, Jones expertly moved onto Gustafsson’s back, knocking him unconscious with powerful strikes after flattening him out on the mat.

5. Jones vs. Sonnen (UFC 159)

Jones made mincemeat of Chael Sonnen in their light heavyweight title clash at UFC 159, defeating him by technical knockout in the first round, per Bleacher Report.

Sonnen came out swinging against the champion, but Jones proved too strong for him that night. ‘Bones’ unleashed his signature elbows on Sonnen after securing a takedown, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

Jones captures UFC gold again

Sports Brief recently reported on Jones' win at UFC 285.

Jones made a triumphant return to the UFC, defeating Ciryl Gane in their heavyweight title showdown.

Bones made light work of Gane, grabbing the win with a guillotine choke at 2:04 of the first round.

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