UFC news: Jon Jones rules out Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor in GOAT debate

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When looking at the greatest of all time to compete in the Octagon, names such as Georges St-Pierre, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Anderson Silva and Jon Jones all come to mind.

Jones arguably has the best resume in UFC considering the strength of opponents he has faced throughout his career. However, ‘Bones’ is yet to win titles at separate weight classes as St-Pierre did before his retirement.

Silva holds the record for the longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days, and Khabib holds the longest active undefeated streak in MMA with 28 victories.

All in all, the GOAT discussion is seemingly never ending and conflicting, however, in the run up to his title defence at UFC 247, Jones made an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” where he discussed his upcoming opponent Dominick Reyes, but also his firm belief that he is the best warrior to ever grace the Octagon.

The host Stephen A. Smith gave credence to Khabib and McGregor’s box office success in the sport, while co-host Max Kellerman postulated that Khabib is currently the best pound-for-pound fighter.

Jones didn’t take offence to the comment, but quickly gave justification for his superior GOAT status.

“I look at Khabib and McGregor and I see how internationally known they are,” Jones said, per bjpenn.com.

“It inspires me for sure, to try and work on my branding a little bit more outside of fighting. But at the end of the day, for me, it’s not about making the most money, it’s not about being the most famous, it’s about being the guy that people are gonna be talking about 50, 100 years from now.

“That’s really what gets me out of bed in the morning.

“At the end of the day, no disrespect to Conor, because I love what he’s doing for our sport, I don’t think he’s gonna be in the conversation when people are sitting around at a barbershop talking about the greatest martial artists in the world.

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“I think Khabib’s an amazing fighter.

“He’s done a great job representing the UFC. He’s a great ambassador for our sport. But if you were to ask some MMA experts about myself and Khabib, I think most people would be able to tell our resumes are completely different.

“I’ve fought so many world champions over my career and defeated them all. Khabib, a lot of his victories are against people that are relatively unknown.

“I’ve been fighting legends since I was a young man in my early 20’s.”

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