Khabib Nurmagomedov or Jon Jones, who is the number 1 pound for pound fighter in UFC at the moment? After Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, UFC ranked him as the pound-for-pound number 1 fighter in the world. And this upset a lot of fans and Jon Jones.
Jon Jones is arguably the greatest UFC fighter of all time and his resume says it all. However, there have been times when UFC has ranked other fighters over Jones in the P4P list. Not so long ago Daniel Cormier was the no 1 P4P fighter in UFC despite losing two fights to Jon Jones. And now it’s Khabib Nurmagomedov who does not have a resume as impressive as Jones’.
Well, UFC heavyweight, Francis Ngannou certainly sides with Jon Jones when it comes to the no 1 P4P debate. In a recent interview with BT Sport, Francis Ngannou talked about a potential fight with Jon Jones. He also named Jones as the P4P number one fighter in the world for his achievements in MMA so far. Ngannou stated:
“That would be a great fight. That fight would be good in my resume and a good challenge for me. As for me, Jo n Jones stands as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world. And regarding based on his record and what he has done for the sport, I think he’ll be a big challenge and a big fight for me.”
Jon Jones takes on the winner of Francis Ngannou vs Stipe Miocic Next
The former light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones will make his long-anticipated heavyweight debut against the winner of Miocic vs Ngannou 2 at UFC 260. After ruling the light heavyweight division for over a decade, it’s time for Jones to test his skillsets against UFC heavyweights.
Jones certainly has the skillsets to beat fighters in the heavyweight division. However, there will be a significant power difference between Jones and heavyweights such as Francis Ngannou, Derrick Lewis, or even Stipe Miocic.
However, the experience and fight IQ of Jones will certainly put him at an advantage when he steps into the cage with the heavyweights. But, it’s safe to say that for the first time in years. Jones will not be the favorite going into a fight when he makes his heavyweight debut.