Jon Jones has ‘lost his mind’ and needs to ‘let go of his ego’ after his outbursts at Khabib Nurmagomedov being called UFC’s best-ever fighter after his retirement, says Daniel Cormier
- Khabib Nurmagomedov was named as UFC’s pound-for-pound king last month
- Jon Jones fought back the notion that Khabib is the greatest fighter of all time
- Jones raged at being bumped off top spot, labelling decision as ‘No 1 bull****’
- Daniel Cormier has since slammed Jones for his outbursts on social media
After Khabib’s win against Gaethje at UFC 254 last month, ‘Bones’ repeatedly fought back against the notion that the Russian is the greatest MMA fighter of all time.
And after the UFC officially bumped Khabib up to top spot in the pound-for-pound list, toppling Jones from the throne, the latter continued his outbursts on the matter.
Jon Jones was fuming after Khabub Nurmagomedov was named UFC’s pound-for-pound king
Khabib usurped Jones as UFC’s greatest fighter after his victory over Justin Gaethje last month
And former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Cormier believes Jones desperately needs to ‘let go of his ego’ now that the move has been made official.
‘I think sometimes we, as athletes, we all have egos,’ Cormier told MMA Junkie Radio. ‘We all have massive egos. And active competitors don’t like the spotlight to stray too far away from them, and that’s why you get that sometimes.’
Cormier then specifically highlighted Jones’ recent outbursts about Khabib, which captured his attention.
‘I think the biggest case of that recently was when Khabib was the man and then Jones just kind of lost his mind,’ Cormier said.
‘It wasn’t about him, so he lost his mind. This guy just had a great performance under the circumstances – lost his father – now everybody is like, “This guy’s the best.”
Daniel Cormier claims Jones ‘lost his mind’ after his social media outbursts last month
After Khabib was named the greatest, Jones raged on Twitter: ‘This is number one bull****’
‘OK, for years people have been saying (Jones) is the best. It should not offend (him) to the point that you feel like you have to go on this tangent and answer pretty much every single tweet.
‘How do you answer every tweet sent to you when you have that many followers? I just think sometimes you gotta let go of your ego, read the room, pick your time, and do those things in those moments that are necessary.’
After Jones’ fears were confirmed by the UFC, the American labelled the decision ‘No 1 bull****’, using a phrase Khabib has become known for.
Jones also added: ‘Unanimous decision over last minute replacement Al Iaquinta to become champion.
‘Conor McGregor is the only opponent he’s ever had that the general public actually knew. Catapulted my man to becoming the best ever, this is hilarious.’
Only hours earlier that day, Jones had posted a video of himself digging at Khabib fans proclaiming their man to be the best fighter of all time.
He said: ‘I’m talking to all you Khabib fans out there. Fifteen world titles to your guy’s four, and you guys are really talking about who’s the best fighter ever? You guys are joking, right?
‘Fifteen to four. Are you guys kidding me? The only person that could possibly come back and challenge my record and what I’ve done in the UFC is possibly Georges St-Pierre.
‘He would have to come back and win two championship fights to tie me, and I’m not even retired yet. I’m 33 years old. I’ve got a whole other chapter to go through.
‘You guys are nuts – I love you guys so much,’ he said. ‘I hope you guys all have a great day. Fifteen world championships to four.
‘And all you guys who are going with this he’s more dominant argument, the just recently started fighting elite-level competition. Could you imagine me against the No 10 ranked guy?’
In the immediate aftermath of Khabib’s win over Gaethje, Jones was clearly annoyed at all the adulation going the Russian’s way.
He tweeted: ‘I mean if I get out ranked by a man with only three title defences, I don’t really know what to think anymore.’
Jones then added: ‘Not salty at all, I do really respect Khabib. I honor the type of man he is. But being the best is earned not given. Unfortunately four title fights ain’t it, no matter how much we all like em.’