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Jon Jones refutes Khabib Nurmagomedov’s top pound-for-pound push after UFC 254

Jon Jones doesn’t seem completely willing to give Khabib Nurmagomedov the position of top pound-for-pound fighter.

Following his submission win over Justin Gaethje on Saturday at UFC 254 to defend the lightweight title, Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) announced his retirement from MMA. During his exit interview, “The Eagle” said he should be considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world on his way out.

Jones (25-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC), who is No. 1 in the UFC’s official rankings after an unprecedented run atop the light heavyweight divison, originally stepped back for Nurmagomedov. Moments later, however, he changed his mind (via Twitter):

Jones gave up his 205-pound title earlier this year to pursue a long-awaited move up to heavyweight. If Nurmagomedov does indeed take him over in the UFC rankings, there’s a good chance claiming a second belt would put “Bones” back in the lead position.

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