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By David Tees on 3/5/2023 11:28 AM

Jon Jones became the UFC Heavyweight Champion after scoring a first round submission win over Ciryl Gane in the main event of UFC 285.

UFC President Dana White was impressed by what he saw in the UFC 285 main event, stating that there is no doubt that Jones is the greatest fighter of all time.

“Let’s just put it this way: There’s no doubt that Jon Jones is special,” White said at the post-fight press conference (transcript via Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting). “He’s the greatest of all time. He’s undefeated, he’s never lost a fight ever in the UFC, he’s fought all the best competition out there, but dealing with him is like dealing with an artist is the best way to explain it. I don’t know what’s going to happen from here on out. I’m just happy we got to see what we saw tonight.

“And many of us that have been in the game for a long time, some of you might disagree, some of you might agree, I’m a big believer in ring rust and what it does. We didn’t even get to see any ring rust. Who knows if there was any ring rust tonight. He just went in there and literally made it look like nothing, like it was the easiest thing in the world for him to do. He’s a total freak of nature and he’s the best ever.”

Jones is expected to face former UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic next, with Miocic holding the record for the most successful UFC Heavyweight Title defenses in a row (3).

White says that past heavyweight champions like Francis Ngannou and Gane don’t compare to Jones.

“The Francis fight if [Gane] doesn’t go for the heel hook, he wins that fight,” White said. “He made one silly mistake out of the five rounds. Tonight, to even compare Francis Ngannou or Ciryl Gane to Jon Jones, you can’t. You can’t even compare them to this guy. He went in there and finished—I still can’t f****** believe what I saw. How easy and how fast and how simple he made that look, it’s still blowing my mind. So it’s hard to even talk about him and any other heavyweights.”