Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals His Pick for the P4P Best Fighter in the World, and It’s Not Jon Jones

Published 08/16/2021, 2:36 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The entire MMA community is always in a debate about who is the word’s no. 1 pound-for-pound fighter. Most of them usually pick the UFC light heavyweight GOAT, Jon Jones. However, the former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has someone else in mind.

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The former UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, has a spectacular professional MMA record of 26-1-0 (1 NC). He holds the record for having the most wins in UFC title fights history (14). As of August 2021, Jones rightfully holds the no. 1 position in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings. 

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Even though Jones has had an illustrious MMA career, Nurmagomedov still has someone else in his mind. In one of his recent Instagram posts, the ‘Eagle’ revealed his pick for the P4P best fighter in the world. 

His Instagram post is a photograph of him with the current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. The ‘Eagle’ captioned the post – “With p4p best fighter in the World @usman84kg at #cytaka event in Dubai”.

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Jones last fought against Dominick Reyes on February 8, 2020, at UFC 247. It was the third UFC light heavyweight title defense of his third reign. After five rounds of war, the bout resulted in Jones winning via unanimous decision. 

HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 247 event at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

A few months later, Jones vacated his title to move up to the heavyweight division. However, he is yet to book a fight since UFC 247.

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Meanwhile, Kamaru Usman has successfully defended his UFC welterweight title four times, of which two were in 2021. In his last title defense against Jorge Masvidal, he claimed a spectacular second-round KO victory. 

JACKSONVILLE, FL – APRIL 25: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Jorge Masvidal of the United States during the Welterweight Title bout of UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 25, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has a spectacular professional MMA record of 19-1. As of August 2021, he currently holds the second position in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings. If Usman keeps on claiming back-to-back victories before Jones makes his UFC return, he will rightfully so claim the first position.

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What do you make of Khabib Nurmagomedov picking Kamaru Usman over Jon Jones? Can ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ dethrone Jones to claim the no. 1 position in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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