- Khamzat Chimaev hailed Jon Jones as the greatest MMA fighter of all time
- “Borz” is open to training with Jones after UFC 273
Prior to facing a series of setbacks outside his career, Jon Jones was arguably the best MMA fighter in the world. For UFC breakout star Khamzat Chimaev, “Bones” still is and not one bit has changed even to this day.
‘He Beats The Monsters’
During a recent appearance on “The Triple C & Schmo Show,” Chimaev raved about Jones’ legacy and overall skill set. According to “Borz,” Jones did everything “perfect” during his reign and even the best in the division weren’t really able to figure him out.
“Nobody’s like him [Jones],” Chimaev said. “He beat a lot of guys. He beats the monsters. I did all my training with Alex [Gustafsson]. I know how good he is, and if Jon Jones could stop that guy, it’s scary. And he beat not easy fighters. It was crazy good fighters (with) knockout power. On the ground, it was good. Everything was perfect. [Daniel Cormier] – you know how his pressure is, good wrestling, and he has good boxing, and he has mentality of just pressure the fighters and kill them, and [Jones] stopped that guy, as well.”
Jones Should Be Ranked Higher Than #1 PFP
Chimaev further stressed that the UFC may have ranked Kamaru Usman as the number one pound-for-pound fighter but in reality, Jones has defended his belt way more than “The Nigerian Nightmare” did.
“You can’t say Kamaru is better than him [Jones],” he pointed out. “If he stays in the game, (Jones) has to be pound-for-pound No. 1. Usman has only one belt, and how many times did he defend his belt? Three times? Four times? Jon Jones did it all his career and defended his title like 11 times. It’s different. Kamaru didn’t beat the guys that Jon Jones beat. The guys are different level.”
Chimaev wants to train with Jones
Chimaev is will face Gilbert Burns in what could be a title eliminator fight at UFC 273. The Muslim fighter revealed that after the bout, he is thinking about linking up with Jones to train.
“It’s Ramadan after the fight,” Chimaev said on his YouTube channel. “After Ramadan maybe go to some other gyms in some other cities, train there. Maybe go to Henry Cejudo. Maybe I go right to Jon Jones, I said I want to train with him. The guys who he beat, they were monsters, monsters in his division. He didn’t get some easy fighters but he make them [look] easy. A lot of guys who he beat, crazy good guys.”
Chimaev has long been an admirer of Jones’ career. In fact, he even compared his hot start in the UFC to that of “Bones.” However, “Borz” reckoned that he had a better streak as he has only taken one significant strike in the UFC to date.