Jon Jones’ Claims on GOAT Status Gets a Huge Question Mark as Ex-UFC Fighter Drops Truth Bomb in Rival Daniel Cormier’s Presence

Published 09/01/2023, 1:22 PM EDT

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The grandeur of Jon Jones is not hidden from MMA enthusiasts. The heavyweight bigwig is among those rare names who were convincingly able to hold the strap in different weight divisions. In fact, his UFC records showcase his supremacy inside the Octagon. Having his eyes set on Stipe Miocic for his upcoming headliner at UFC 295 Jones became a matter of discussion for the legendary Daniel Cormier.

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However, Cormier’s guest in the interview laid bare an interesting fact concerning Jones’ UFC journey. How? Well, the conversation went on to become a highlight since the guest seemed dubious considering Jon Jones’ greatness. What happened ahead was intriguing to know.

What did the former fighter say concerning Jon Jones?

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In his recent YouTube video, ‘DC’ invited UFC veteran Ben Askren as his guest. The conversation was initiated when Cormier asked Aspren if Jones was acting smart not to address the young talents. The welterweight veteran took a little time to respond since he had quite a blunt statement to make. He said, “Well I mean a part of it too is uh someone posted uh… it was a picture of Jon Jones being ranked in 2013 and I think they said he may be the only guy who was ranked in 2013 who’s still competing something to that effect right. And I was thinking, you know ‘wow he has been around forever.'”

It was true that Jones had been seeking glory ever since he joined the promotion, but Askren had to blow the minds of the viewers further with his statements. He said, “But then I started thinking like he’s missing significant gaps. He has multiple one year or so… uh his win versus you versus win over Ovince Saint Preux that was a 15-month gap he then took roughly the same gap uh between time he fought Ovince Saint Preux and you again after that he takes like an 18 months gap and then obviously most recently he took a 3 year gap right.”

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Furthermore, he had this to say, “It’s so long, I mean that’s 15+15+18 so we are talking 48, that’s four years + three that is 7 years of missed time. That’s seven years without a fight of those four gaps right.” Askren seemingly highlighted the factor that made the heavyweight champ’s journey easy. He felt that the year-long breaks Jones witnessed during his career proved to be a helping hand to establish his stature in the realm of the UFC. So much was said about Jones in the interview but this was not the first time that ‘Bones’ became a matter of discussion.

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A history of criticism for Jon Jones

‘Jonny Bones’ indeed became a head-turner after his dominant triumph at UFC 285. Transitioning into a brand new division, Jones proved why he could take on challenges anytime, anywhere. While he was surrounded by applause, one light heavyweight star didn’t seem convinced by his victory.

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Anthony Smith had a lot to say about Jones. Shedding light on his title win, he throws shade on Jones regarding his quickness. He questioned what could have been the outcome if the fight had lasted for 25 minutes. All in all, the 35-year-old laid bare his blunt remarks for Jones. Jones is set to defend his title in November, will he be able to show his quickness to Smith? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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Akchhat is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, showcasing his love for the game and unwavering commitment to it through his articles. His fascination with the sport began when CM Punk made his debut against Mickey Gall in 2016, sparking his enduring passion. Since then, Akchhat has aspired to provide a comprehensive understanding of the sport and its participants.
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