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Jon Jones reignites UFC’s GOAT debate with Khabib Nurmagomedov in now-deleted Instagram post

Jon Jones reignites UFC’s GOAT debate with Khabib Nurmagomedov as American mocks retired Dagestani’s title win record in now-deleted Instagram post

  • Jon Jones has reignited the UFC’s Greatest of all Time debate this weekend 
  • The American was aggrieved after Khabib Nurmagomedov was named P4P No 1
  • After the Dagestani’s retirement, Jones shared a meme mocking his title wins 
  • The 33-year-old has 14 title wins to his name, while Nurmagomedov has just four
  • Jones has since deleted the post and commented ‘respect’ under a Khabib post 

Jon Jones has reignited his ‘Greatest of all Time’ feud with Khabib Nurmagomedov after the American mocked the retired Dagestani in a since-deleted Instagram post. 

Nurmagomedov, 32, called time in his sensational MMA career last October, retiring with an unblemished record of 29 wins, no losses, after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

The Dagestani mauler called for UFC chiefs to make him the sport’s pound-for-pound No 1, a move that would see him leapfrog former light heavyweight king Jones in the rankings. 

Jon Jones has reignited the UFC’s GOAT debate with a shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov

The undefeated Dagestani announced his retirement from the sport after his UFC 254 win

The undefeated Dagestani announced his retirement from the sport after his UFC 254 win

While fans and pundits were labelling Nurmagomedov one of the sport’s greatest ever fighters, Jones took umbrage with the sleight against him, taking to Twitter to compare his record with the Dagestani’s.

And following last week’s announcement that Nurmagomedov would not be returning to the Octagon, Jones shared an image mocking the former lightweight champion’s record against some of the sport’s best names.

The meme showed Khabib at the end of a line of stars, celebrating his four title wins while Jones, at the top, had 14 to his name. 

Nurmagomedov has four title wins, and Jones mocked that record in a now-deleted post

Nurmagomedov has four title wins, and Jones mocked that record in a now-deleted post

Alongside the post, the 33-year-old wrote: ‘Nothing wrong with going out on top, enjoy retirement kid.’ 

The move followed on from Jones’ tirade regarding Khabib’s legacy, posted online just two days after his announcement at UFC 254. 

’15 world titles to your guy’s four and you are really talking about who is the best fighter ever?’, he said. ‘You guys are joking right? 15-4, are you guys kidding me?

‘The only guy who could possibly come back and challenge my record of what I’ve done in the UFC is possibly Georges St Pierre.

Jones shared an image of Khabib’s four title wins alongside the record of other big names

Jones later deleted the post before commenting 'respect' under an ESPN post on Khabib

Jones later deleted the post before commenting ‘respect’ under an ESPN post on Khabib

‘He would have to come back and win two championship fights to tie me and I’m not even retired yet. I’m 33 years old. I’ve got a whole another chapter to go through. You guys are nuts. 

‘I love you guys so much. I hope you have a great day. 15 world championships to four and all you guys are going with is the more dominant argument, the guy just started fighting at elite level competition.’

Jones has since deleted the Instagram post, and commented ‘respect’ under a post of Nurmagomedov detailing why he will not make a return to the Octagon.

Following Dana White’s confirmation that Nurmagomedov would not be coming back to the sport, Jones has been restored as the UFC’s pound-for-pound No 1, while Dustin Poirier has been listed as the No 1 lightweight.  

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