Joe Rogan names Jon Jones as UFC's GOAT despite Khabib Nurmagomedov overtaking legend in P4P rankings
JOE ROGAN has named Jon Jones as the UFC's Greatest of All Time ahead of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
That is despite Nurmagomedov moving ahead of the light-heavyweight legend in the UFC's current pound-for-pound rankings.
After Khabib, 32, moved to 29-0 by beating Justin Gaethje, 31, he jumped to No1, sparking a furious reaction from Jones, 33.
But commentator Rogan admits the American's legacy overall surpasses Nurmagomedov's, and deserves to be recognised as the best.
He said: “I think if you look at Jon Jones’s early career, Jon Jones wins the title early in his career, in 2011 and from then on has fought more fights as championship fights than any other fights.
"So he’s the most accomplished for sure.
"Wins the title, youngest guy to ever win the title in the UFC, beats Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua who’s a legend, then the way he dominates all these other fighters."
Rogan points to Jones' early run as champion, when he racked up wins over several stars and only came up unstuck against Alexander Gustafsson in 2013.
He did beat Gustafsson two times and also went on to twice defeat Daniel Cormier, despite the second being ruled a no-contest following a doping violation.
But Jones has had his trouble outside the cage as well, three times losing his belt as a result of disciplinary action.
And Rogan believes his drop in dedication makes it all the more impressive that he still remained unbeaten, with his only loss a contentious 2009 DQ.
He said: “Up until he gets to Alexander Gustafsson you can make the argument that he had a similar career (as Khabib).
“If you look at what he did. Jon didn’t lose any rounds, Jon was smashing people.
"Look at what he did to Rashad Evans, look what he did to Rampage Jackson, look at what he did to Lyoto Machida.
"Everybody he fought, up until the Gustafsson fight. But then with the Gustafsson, how much slack do you give him for admittedly not training?
“Look at the way he beat Daniel Cormier in the first fight. Took him down, like who the f*** takes Daniel Cormier down, right?
"Then you look at the second fight, even though it was ruled a no contest we all know what the f*** happened.
"He head kicked (Cormier) and stopped him. It was spectacular.”
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