Jon Jones loses push-up match to MMA’s first LEGLESS fighter just after taking UFC heavyweight crown with stunning defeat of Ciryl Gane
- Jon Jones loses push-up match after big win
- Jones took on legless MMA fighter Zion Clark
- UFC champion quit at 40 pushups
Jon Jones went from winning the UFC heavyweight title to losing a push-up match to legless mixed martial artist Zion Clark in just a few minutes on Sunday.
Jones underlined his status as the greatest MMA fighter in history by cutting through Ciryl Gane like a hot knife through butter at UFC 285 in Las Vegas.
The controversial American hadn’t fought in over three years since relinquishing his light-heavyweight title to build up and make a crack at the top division.
But there were no signs of rust as he silenced the Frenchman in just three minutes in a clinical first round.
Jones then had enough energy left to take on legless fighter Zion Clark in a backstage push-up match.
Jon Jones lost a push-up bout to legless mixed martial artist Zion Clark (pictured) just minutes after winning the UFC heavyweight title on Sunday
Clark was born with caudal regression syndrome, a serious condition that stunts the development of the lower back.
Despite this, he has been able to participate and compete in numerous sports and has even turned his attention to establishing an MMA career.
The UFC champ was filmed greeting Clark and telling him, “I love what you’re doing, man! You kill it. I see you, it’s a big occasion.
“Man god bless you, keep doing what you’re doing. Z, let’s go honey! I know you want to do that push-up contest. I know you want to hit it. I also have some extras in me.’
The pair then began doing push-ups together, with Jones stopping at 40 reps.
“You look like you’re slowing down, mate! Let’s go! Well, you can’t win them all,” Clark joked.
Jones then shook hands with Clark before going to the dressing rooms to prepare for his press conference.
In December, Clark made headlines for winning his first MMA fight against an able-bodied opponent at the Gladiator Challenge in San Diego.
The UFC champ was filmed greeting Clark and telling him, “I love what you’re doing man! You kill it. I see you, it’s a big occasion,” Jones said
Jones and Clark then began doing push-ups together, with Jones stopping at 40 reps
In December, Clark made headlines for winning his first MMA fight against an able-bodied opponent at the Gladiator Challenge in San Diego
The fight lasted the full three rounds before Clark was then declared the winner by unanimous decision.
When the jury’s decision was revealed, a delighted Clark returned to his corner, sending the watching crowd wild.
The former college wrestler has received praise from around the world for his efforts, including UFC icon Conor McGregor.
‘Absolutely fascinating to hear about this man’s debut and see it now. Lighting entry on the low single [a takedown where a fighter grabs one of their opponent’s legs].
‘Wow! You should not come into contact with him in any way,” the Irishman wrote on Twitter.
‘Only lists. Frame to store. Fascinating! Congratulations and so much respect to that man Zion Clark! MMA is the best sport!’
Jones’ victory over Gane means he is now the undisputed heavyweight champion and only the eighth athlete to conquer two separate UFC divisions.
The win also extended Jones’ record undefeated streak to 19 straight, and he improved to 27–1 with one no contest.
“(Jones is) a total freak of nature,” said UFC boss Dana White, “and he’s the best ever.”