Following his dominant win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov had one wish – to be named the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Despite Jon Jones complaining about it (over and over) since then, Khabib was indeed granted the spot by the rankings panel.
Jones’ constant tweets about the subject have led many media members, fans, and even fighters to chime in on the subject. One of those fighters is a former light heavyweight champion who went up to heavyweight to cement his legendary status by winning the HW belt. Which he did.
His name is Randy Couture. And when TMZ Sports asked the UFC hall-of-famer who he thinks is the top guy in the sport, he suggested that Jones should pursue a path similar to his own:
“I think Jon Jones is right there. I think if Jon really wants to solidify himself as pound-for-pound, he needs to go up to heavyweight and he needs to take a shot at winning that title. And, then that erases any argument that anybody could have. He’s a two-division champ. He’s been dominant in the light heavyweight division for a long time now,” Couture said.
“I think that’s something that Jones needs to look at, and really solidly his legacy in the sport by going up and winning the heavyweight division, and showing just how technically proficient and athletic he is.”
Jones has repeatedly talked about doing just that, and even dropped the 205-pound title in pursuit of his heavyweight dreams. He might not think he needs more gold to be # 1 P4P (or the GOAT), but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.
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