Nurmagomedov: ‘At that moment, I was the best, not Jon Jones’

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Nurmagomedov: ‘At that moment, I was the best, not Jon Jones’

The retired 32-year-old Dagestani is no longer an active fighter, but he still occupies the interest of the media related to martial arts, and we increasingly have the opportunity to hear him in various interviews. In recent days, he has often touched on Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and his successor Islam Makhachev, who is also waiting for the fight against Thiago Moises this weekend.

In a recent interview for MMA Fighting, Khabib recalled October last year. Then the Dagestani convincingly defeated Justin Gaethje by a "triangle" by choking in the second round, and in the updated UFC rankings after that fight he took first place in the "pound-for-pound" rankings.

Jon Jones couldn’t come to terms with the fact that Khabib had overtaken him in a ranking that says who is generally the best fighter on the UFC roster, regardless of weight category. However, the Dagestani believes that he deservedly took the first place.

'' For me, 30-0, 29-0 or 15-0 means nothing. I fight and show the world how I came from nothing, and I won everything. At the time (after the UFC 254 show and the win over Gaethje) I was ‘pound-for-pound’ number one."

"No one can say anything about it. Kamaru Usman was not number one, nor was it Jon Jones struggling against fighters like Ovince Saint-Preux, Thiago Santos, Anthony Smith and Dominick Reyes." "Jones presented very poor releases in those fights, and he also had doping problems.

And what about me? I destroyed every opponent and then, on October 24th, I was on top. After that, I don't care what happens, '' Khabib said.

Nurmagomedov and Jones

Nurmagomedov was later removed from the UFC rankings because he officially retired, and the vacant lightweight belt was won by Charles Oliveira by defeating Michael Chandler.

The "Pound-for-pound" scale is again led by Jon Jones, and the Top 3 is closed by Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya. There are still doubts among UFC fans about who is the best fighter in the UFC. Some think it’s Jones and some think it’s Nurmagomedov.

However, we should be happy to live in the era of these two fighters who really aroused the interest of a large number of people to start training this sport, and they are the biggest promoters of the UFC. Of course, despite them, we have many fighters who are responsible for the expansion of this sport, and we have no doubt that the UFC will become more and more popular over time.