LAS VEGAS — Jon Jones will be back in the Octagon next month after a year away dealing with legal issues. In that time, Conor McGregor believes he has usurped Jones as the best fighter on the planet.
When asked Wednesday about Jones’ standing as the best in the world, McGregor cut off a reporter.
“He’s not,” McGregor said at UFC 196 open workouts.
How does McGregor rank the best MMA fighters? Well, it’s a pretty repetitive list.
“I’m number one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine,” McGregor said. “Maybe Jon and Mighty Mouse (Demetrious Johnson) is 10. That’s what I feel.”
McGregor (19-2) will take on Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 196 on Saturday here at MGM Grand. He just knocked out Jose Aldo, one of the top fighters in the world, in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 in December to win the featherweight title. So, “The Notorious” surely has a case for the top spot.
However, Jones (21-1) was a dominant champion before being stripped of the belt last year following a felony hit-and-run arrest. Jones has won 12 straight, defended the title eight times successfully and beaten the likes of Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans. In fact, Jones’ only “loss” came via disqualification due to 12-to-6 elbows in a fight in which he was destroying Matt Hamill back in 2009. Jones will attempt to reclaim his title against Daniel Cormier at UFC 197 on April 23 here in Las Vegas.
McGregor, though, puts himself above fighters like Jones, because of his willingness to depart from his weight class and take on new challenges. McGregor is the UFC featherweight champion, but had designs on winning the lightweight title this weekend against Rafael ….View full article
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