MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones wants to someday break the records set by longtime middleweight king Anderson “The Spider” Silva of Brazil.
Silva holds several UFC records, including most victories in a championship fight (11), most title defenses (10), and longest winning streak (16).
During a media scrum following last Saturday’s UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago, Jones told reporters that his goal is to break the records set by “The Spider.”
“I want to be great,” Jones said, as quoted by MMA Mania. “I wanna be like Anderson. I wanna be remembered and master my craft.”
“I have time to break his records, fighting tons of opponents,” he added.
Jones currently has a 17-1 MMA record, including 12-1 in the UFC. After losing to Matt Hamill via disqualification in December 2009, he has won eight straight fights.
He claimed the light heavyweight belt in March 2011 after defeating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and has since defended it four times.
The 25-year-old Jones said right now, he is still playing “catch-up” to the legends of MMA, including Silva, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture.
“I’ve proven a lot, but there’s so much more to be done and that’s what keeps me motivated and on fire,” he said.
Although he has dominated most of his opponents since making his UFC debut, Jones said he expects to “lose one day to somebody.”
“Probably to a guy that’s young right now and is extremely dedicated to the sport,” Jones said.