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Jon Jones Thinks Beating Stephan Bonnar Changed Everything for Him

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Nearly three years ago today, Jon Jones (17-1) defeated Stephan Bonnar (15-8) at UFC 94. After Jones was awarded the decision win from the 2009 card, he went on to dominate the light heavyweight division. It was that fight, which Jones credits as the one that made him who he is today.

"I realized things were going great right away when I beat Stephan Bonnar," Jones said to Bleacher Report. "Stephan is a guy who had a big name in the sport and was highly respected. I was a nobody going into that fight. For me to beat him showed me there was something different going on, and upsetting a fighter who was beyond me in that moment was special."

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After the Bonnar fight, Jones has been nearly unstoppable with only one loss to his name. That came from Matt Hamill (11-4) by disqualification. Jones was surprised with a championship fight after former training partner Rashad Evans (17-2-1) was unable to compete at UFC 128. Since Jones won the title, he has defeated all four of his opponents. Those wins have been against former champions, including Evans.

Bonnar retired this year after a loss to Anderson Silva (33-4) at UFC 153.

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Jones returns to action in April when he looks for a recording tying fifth light heavyweight title defense. He takes on Chael Sonnen (27-12-1), who is coaching opposite of him on The Ultimate Fighter. The event is believed to take place April 27 with a venue not yet known.

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