Jon Jones Discusses GOAT Debates, Says Fans Are “Very Quick” to Forget Fighter’s Accomplishments
By FCF Staff
Jon Jones has been mentioned in greatest of all time debates for years now, but the former light-heavyweight champ says he doesn’t focus on whether he’s the GOAT.
Although Jones has been criticized by some for his issues with USADA, due to his awe-inspiring abilities and his fighting record, “Bones” continues to be mentioned as GOAT contender. But, as his December 29th rematch with Alexander Gustafsson approaches, recently Jones had this to say about GOAT debates (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“No, I don’t think being considered the best — I don’t think one fight makes you, one fight doesn’t make my career. It’s the journey, it’s not about one fight,” said Jones, when asked about whether he’s the greatest fighter to date.
“I feel like there will always be a debate about who is the best, whoever is the best is whoever is hot at the current moment. I feel like MMA fans are very quick to forget a lot of peoples’ accomplishments.”
“For example, Anderson Silva is not even considered to be in the conversation anymore as the GOAT, which is a shame because he’s done so much for our sport. Jose Aldo, these guys have been kicking ass for years, they’ve done so much for our sport and then one defeat, and now they’re not the best anymore.”
Jones will face Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 232, which will take place in Las Vegas. In their first bout, back in 2013, Jones won a tightly contested decision.