Former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones took to Twitter soon after Khabib Nurmagomedov requested the UFC to put him on the top of the pound-for-pound list. Nurmagomedov put an absolute clinic at UFC 254 against interim champion Justin Gaethje in his third successful title defense for the undisputed lightweight championship.
Soon after the victory, as ‘The Eagle’ announced his retirement. However, he had just one request from the UFC – to put him on top of the promotion’s p4p list.
The UFC heard ‘The Eagle’ and granted him his wish. One can make a case about Nurmagomedov’s dominant undefeated MMA career as he has beaten the most prominent names in the history of the lightweight division. This did not sit well with the former light-heavyweight champion who took a subtle dig at Nurmagomedov, ‘DC’, and the AKA.
Jon Jones took a subtle dig at American Kickboxing Academy for pushing Nurmagomedov’s name to the top of the P4P list. Former lightweight contender Josh Thomson sent a soaring response to Jones’ remark.
There’s no denying Jon Jones’ skillset inside the octagon where he remains undefeated. However, multiple outside misconducts and positive drug tests have tarnished his legacy. Beyond a reason for belief, ‘Bones’ will go down as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. However, despite such a stellar record, he has not touched the popularity that he should have had a long time back.
Be that as it may, Khabib Nurmagomedov tops the P4P list and rightfully so. Nurmagomedov’s MMA career saw him cruise past the UFC’s lightweight division with sheer ease and dominance. With wins over the likes of former champions, including Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos, Nurmagomedov has cemented himself as arguably the greatest of all time.
Additionally, Jon Jones’ triumphant but lackluster performance inside the octagon in the last few years hasn’t helped his case. It’s difficult not to agree with Josh Thomson. Certain fans would be of the opinion that it is time Jones understands why he might never get the complete respect he so truly deserves for his performances throughout his impeccable MMA career.
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