Jon Jones will finally make his much anticipated heavyweight debut as he takes on Ciryl Gane for the vacant UFC Heavyweight title inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this weekend. Fulfilling media obligations, Jones has a lot to share considering he has been out of the public eye and hasn’t been in a lead-up to a fight for over three years now.
As such, he was asked to name his top-5 UFC fighters of all time, and interestingly enough, he did not have Henry Cejudo on the list. And while he did not have the likes of Demetrious Johnson or Israel Adesanya either, it’s quite surprising if we take into account the inclusion of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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“I love but Khabib represents. We have had our differences in the past, I have made some quotes about him but there’s never been a real beef.” Jones said.
It’s not wrong to say every fighter has his own biases when it comes to ranking the all-time greats. Despite his initial statement about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s legacy in the world of mixed martial arts, Jones was quick to put the Dagestani fighter on his list of the greatest UFC fighters. A lot of factors come into question when you start to rank the best fighters, and for Jon Jones, these five fighters make it to that list.
Jon Jones reveals his top-5 UFC fighters
Jon Jones considers Henry Cejudo to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. However, he doesn’t make it to the top-5. In Jon Jones’ list of the greatest UFC fighters, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Jose Also make it to the elite list. And of course, Jones feels he reigns supreme on top of that list.
While Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo may not boast a resume as “green” as GSP and Khabib, both Silva and Aldo’s dominance during their time as UFC Champions is next to none. Meanwhile, GSP and Khabib retired with winning ways to their name, having hung up their gloves at the peak of their UFC career.
Jon Jones looks to emulate the same, having already targeted Stipe Miocic should he get his hands raised against Ciryl Gane this weekend. How do you think UFC 285 goes down? Do let us know in the comments section.