Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has shared his list of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time.
In UFC 285 later this month, Jones is expected to make his octagon comeback. In his first outing in more than three years, Jones will jump to the heavyweight division to face Ciryl Gane. The heavyweight belt is up for grabs between the two as Francis Ngannou departed the promotion last month.
The match is anticipated to provide Jon Jones with one of his greatest tests yet. Jones is regarded as one of the best in history with a record of 26-1 (1) and he seems to share this opinion as well.
The former champion listed his top five all-time in an interview with RMC Sport. Unsurprisingly, Jones included himself in the list as well. He did add four more champions, one of whom he previously had a grudge against.
The heavyweight announced the four as Georges St-Pierre, Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva, and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Jones has criticized Khabib in the past, but he acknowledged that his greatness is too significant to be disregarded.
In an interview with RMC Sport, Jon Jones said:
“My top five, let me see here. If I am allowed, I’d say myself. Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Jose Aldo. Jose Aldo, those are my favorites at least.”
In reference to his short feud with Khabib, Jones said:
“I love what Khabib represents. We’ve had our differences in the past, I’ve made some quotes about him. But there’s never really been a real beef. I love the way he carries himself as a Muslim, I love the way he represents his country. I love the businessman that he is.”
“He just seems like a stand-up guy, gives back to others. He’s a stand-up guy, an admirable man. I appreciate his existence.”
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