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Khabib Nurmagomedov Shares Unseen Video of Jon Jones From “10 Years” Ago Right Before UFC 285

Published 03/02/2023, 10:30 AM EST

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Jon Jones and Khabib Nurmagomedov are two of the most dominant fighters in the history of the UFC. They both have impressive records and have been widely recognized as some of the best in the sport. Both of these fighters are usually the essential part of any GOAT debate that goes on in the world of MMA.

However, fans have never seen the former lightweight champ and the former light heavyweight champ together. The two of them have considerably different personalities, and hence, fans have rarely seen them in the same frame. However, there is one video where ‘The Eagle’ and ‘Bones’ share the screen.

Khabib Nurmagomedov shares a decade-old video of himself and Jones


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Recently, Nurmagomedov posted a story on Instagram that left many fans with a feeling of nostalgia. The video that the Russian recently shared showed him grappling with Josh Thomson while Jones stood in the background watching. It was a throwback to the time when the 29-0 record holder was just starting to make a name for himself in the promotion.

Nurmagomedov tagged Thomson and wrote in the caption, “You remember this @therealpunk. It was our birthday 10 years ago”.


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For those who do not know, ‘The Eagle’s birthday is on 20 September, while Thomson’s birthday is on 21 September. As the two fighters grapple, Jones can be seen carefully observing Nurmagomedov.

The origins of the video

The video is from September 22, 2013, at UFC 165. Jones was facing Alexander Gustafsson at the main event of the night. Nurmagomedov was also fighting in the PPV, facing Pat Healy. Both the fighters ended up winning the fight.

Fast forward 10 years and life has taken different routes for the Dagestani and ‘Bones’. Khabib retired in 2020 and left the sport on top of the world. He was the undefeated lightweight champion and was widely recognized as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. His retirement was a shock to many fans, but it was clear that he wanted to go out on top and focus on other aspects of his life.


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Meanwhile, Jon Jones also built an incomparable legacy for himself by being the lightweight champion for almost a decade. He then took some time off from the sport to focus on his personal life. Now, Jones faces Cyril Gane for the vacant heavyweight title at UFC 285.

All fans have different opinions about who the better fighter is, between Nurmagomedov and Jones.


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What is your opinion? Comment down below.

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Sushant sharma

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Sushant is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He has been actively contributing to the field of writing for over 2 years. He is a huge UFC fan and has been following it since 2016.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana