// History in the Making: Did Jon Jones usher in a new era when he destroyed ‘Shogun’ Rua?//

If one didn’t know better, they would swear that the UFC light heavyweight championship was cursed.

The allure of the title beckons fighters to it like a siren, leading them down a dangerous path before meeting an untimely and unceremonious end. 

Ever since Quinton Jackson knocked long-time champion Chuck Liddell unconscious at UFC 71, no one has managed to keep the belt around their waist for more than one defense. “Rampage” went on to unify the title with that of Pride Fighting Championships’ (Pride) but had the crown wrested away from him months later by Forrest Griffin.

Griffin — and his eventual usurper Rashad Evans — weren’t able to make a single successful defense in the cut-throat world that is the 205-pound division. When Lyoto Machida won the strap, Joe Rogan infamously bellowed, “Welcome to the Machida Era!”

"The Dragon" defended the belt — albeit unconvincingly — in what was the title’s first defense since Jackson’s bout with Dan Henderson only to lose it — very convincingly — in the immediate rematch to Mauricio Rua

The title was his for nearly a year but only due to an injury that put him on the shelf. When “Shogun” did finally step back inside the Octagon, Jon Jones was there to almost literally beat him within an inch of his life to assume the light heavyweight throne.

A little over 48 hours (Sept. 24) remain until “Bones” makes his first defense as champion when he takes on Jackson in the main event of UFC 135: “Jones vs. Rampage.” Will the young superstar be able to hang onto the belt?

If he fights like he did against Rua, there will be little chance he doesn’t. Let’s take a closer look at that bout.

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