JON JONES is refusing to back down in the row over who is the greatest UFC scrapper of all-time.
The argument was sparked after Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his lightweight title following Saturday’s win over Justin Gaethje.
Jon Jones insists his is way above Khabib in the rankings[/caption]
Khabib, left, wants to be remembered as the greatest ever[/caption]
After announcing his shock retirement moments after extending his 29-0 record, he said: “There is only one thing I want from UFC, to put me as No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world because I deserve it.
“UFC undisputed, undefeated lightweight champion, 13-0, 13 in UFC, 29 in all pro MMA career. I think I deserve it.”
Jones, the current P4P king, quickly refuted Khabib’s request in a lengthy Twitter rant.
And now the 33-year-old is not letting it go, hitting out at the opponents Khabib has faced on his way to the top.
He wrote: “Unanimous decision over last minute replacement Al Iaquinta to become champion.
“Conor McGregor is the only opponent he’s ever had that the general public actually knew. Catapulted my man to becoming the best ever, this is hilarious.”
The American, who has 15 title defences to his name, had previously written: “I’m just going to ask for the heavyweight championship belt and see if they give it to me. Since we can ask for things now.
“I won 15 world titles, he just won his 4th. The fact this is even a conversation is mind blowing to me.
Khabib retired after Saturday’s masterclass over Justin Gaethje[/caption]
“I got signed by the UFC literally nine months after my very first MMA practice. Unheard of.
“When I signed with UFC I was one of the youngest fighters on the roster, youngest champion in the history of the sport and have only had three competitive fights.
“My competitive nature won’t allow me to just stand by and see someone ask to be considered the best. I’ve sacrificed too much blood.
“I mean if I get out ranked by a man with only three title defences, I don’t really know what to think anymore.
“Yet people want me to stay quiet and let him have his moment while I just sit back and watch my hard work get moved down the rankings.
“It’s not fair to my family, or the team of people who have sacrificed to get me this far.
“If we’re having a popularity contest, I’d gladly take my L. This s*** has nothing to do with fame or being a good person.
“I’ve giving my whole adult life to this game, I owe it to myself to speak up.”
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UFC president Dana White has even claimed that Khabib will go down as the GOAT after Saturday’s epic performance.
But Jones believes he isn’t even in his top two as he stated his four championship bouts aren’t enough for him to be considered the best.
In a video he posted on social media, Jones – who is a two-time light-heavyweight champ – said: “I’m talking to all you Khabib fans out there.
“Fiftenn world titles to your guy’s four and you are really talking about who is the best fighter ever? 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 vacated his light-heavyweight belt in August in his bid to secure a bout against heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic.