Khabib brutally snubs Jon Jones as he names Kamaru Usman the P4P king despite official UFC rankings saying otherwise

Khabib brutally snubs Jon Jones as he names Kamaru Usman the P4P king despite official UFC rankings saying otherwise

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has dubbed Kamaru Usman the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet – despite Jon Jones being top of the UFC's official rankings.

Welterweight champion Usman has been on a tear ever since losing his second professional fight in April 2013, going on a stunning 18-fight win streak.


The Nigerian Nightmare has come on leaps and bounds since dethroning Tyron Woodley as 170lb king in March 2019, picking up impressive wins over Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns.

Usman sits second in the UFC's pound-for-pound list, but former lightweight king Nurmagomedov reckons the Nigerian-born American is currently the king of the MMA jungle.

On Sunday, he tweeted a picture of himself with Usman with the accompanying caption: "With p4p best fighter in the World @usman84kg at #cytaka event in Dubai."

One man who agrees with Nurmagomedov's pound-for-pound rankings is UFC great Georges St-Pierre, who recently told Bleacher Report: “I think Usman, right now, is the best pound-for-pound.

“In terms of performance, I think he’s one of the best right now and he’s an active competitor.”

Nurmagomedov, 32, found himself top of the UFC's pound-for-pound rankings after his submission victory over Justin Gaethje last October.

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"That irked future hall-of-famer Jones, who quickly pointed out his plethora of wins in title fights.

But the Russian defended his position at the top of the pile, telling ESPN: "For me, it’s like, 30-0, 29-0, or 15-0, it’s nothing.

"I fight and I showed the world. And from nowhere, I came here and took all of everything.

"At that moment, I was the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter. This, nobody can say nothing.

"It was not Kamaru Usman, it was not Jon Jones, who fights very close fights with all these light heavyweights like Ovince Saint Preux, like Thiago (Santos), Anthony Smith, Dominick Reyes.

"These guys, [Jones] showed versus them very bad performances, and everything that happened with doping.

"But what about me? I was mauling everybody.”

Usman is currently gearing up for a grudge match with bitter rival Covington, whom he'll rematch in the main event of UFC 268 in New York.

The pair will are on course to renew their rivalry at Madison Square Garden on November 6, although New York's imminent vaccine mandate for indoor events has potentially thrown a spanner into the works.

Jones, meanwhile, is set to make his return to the octagon next year due to an ongoing pay dispute with the UFC brass.

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