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'Numbers don't lie': Jon Jones DISPUTES Khabib's claim to number one pound-for-pound status after UFC 254 victory

Added 10-25-20 07:37:02am EST - “Jon Jones has issued an objection to Khabib's claim to be considered the sport's best fighter following his win against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, saying that Khabib's achievements don't rival what he has done in the cage.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “'Numbers don't lie': Jon Jones DISPUTES Khabib's claim to number one pound-for-pound status after UFC 254 victory”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Nurmagomedov called for the UFC to place him in top spot in their pound-for-pound rankings following his second round submission win against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on "Fight Island" on Saturday night in a fight Khabib revealed afterward would be his last. 

The Russian stretched his winning streak to 29-0 with the win against the dangerous Gaethje, a record unmatched in top-level mixed martial arts and which marks him out as one of the best fighters to have stepped into the age.

"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," Khabib said to UFC commentator Jon Anik of his final request from the company before retirement - but another fighter in contention for that position isn't exactly endorsing Nurmagomedov's campaign.

Jon Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion who recently announced his move to the heavyweight fold, has long been considered at, or near, the top of the pound-for-pound rankings for the best part of a decade and doesn't seem keen to surrender his status to the Russian champion.

Jones initially congratulated Khabib and said that he "granted" him the number one spot, but soon began issuing further tweets in which he suggested that Nurmagomedov's achievements pale in comparison to his. 

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