KEY POINTS

  • Former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is not convinced that Khabib Nurmagomedov is the UFC's greatest of all time
  • Jones thinks his long reign as champion is better than Nurmagomedov's tenure as a titleholder
  • UFC President Dana White said Nurmagomedov deserves to be called "GOAT"

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones disagrees with Dana White’s claim that Khabib Nurmagomedov is the best fighter to ever set foot inside the Octagon.

Nurmagomedov retained his flawless mixed martial arts record following his second-round submission win over Justin Gaethje Saturday at UFC 254.

Despite putting on another exceptional performance, “The Eagle” decided to call it a career.

After the fight, the UFC president hailed Nurmagomedov as the greatest of all time, something that the ex-light heavyweight king did not appreciate.

It didn’t take long for “Bones” to respond to White’s powerful statement, emphasizing that he has never lost a championship bout since copping his first gold-plated belt against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in March 2011.

“I’ve won 15 world titles, he just won his 4th. The fact that this is even a conversation is [mind] blowing to me,” Jones wrote on Twitter.

“I ask why should he just be handed a 'GOAT' status. People tell me I should just let him have his moment,” the former champ added. “Unfortunately, his moment is associated with my life’s work.”

Jones went on to lash out not only at White’s claim but the entire UFC as well saying, “The same company who accused me of possible steroids vindicated me from it. If I just started fighting for titles four fights ago, I look like an absolute beast too. But okay, I guess you’re only worth your last performance in this game.”

Apparently, White had a different metric in bestowing the "GOAT" title to Nurmagomedov. The UFC boss is thrilled over the fact that the Russian has been able to consistently dominate his opponents given the obstacles he has been dealing with both in and outside the sport.

“What this guy’s been through, we were all lucky that we got to see him fight tonight,” White told reporters in a post-fight conference. “ He is one of the toughest human beings on the planet and he is just the No. 1 pound for pound fighter in the world. And seriously you have to start putting him up there at 'GOAT' status with whoever else you think is the 'GOAT.'”

Khabib Nurmagomedov Could Khabib Nurmagomedov be in line for a super fight next? In this picture, UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov of Russia raises his champions belt upon the arrival in Makhachkala on Oct. 8, 2018. Photo: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images

As for Nurmagomedov, there’s no sense prolonging his undefeated streak without his father by his side. Regardless of what the UFC 254 win has made him, the 32-year-old isn’t planning of going back to the cage anytime soon.

"Today I want to say this was my last fight," Nurmagomedov said in his post-fight interview. "When UFC called me about (fighting) Justin [Gaethje], I talked with my mother. She didn't want me to fight without [my] father. But I promised her it's going to be my last fight, and if I give my word, I have to follow this. It was my last fight here."