Demetrious Johnson Thinks Jon Jones Is MMA GOAT
Demetrious Johnson believes that Jon Jones sits at the top of the MMA GOAT list.
The MMA GOAT list is subjective. Many have argued in favor of Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Amanda Nunes, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and “Mighty Mouse.” With so many options to choose from, someone asked one of the best to grace the Octagon who he thinks is the true GOAT in MMA.
Rather than choose himself, Johnson instead went with Jones and he feels it’s an easy call. Here’s what he told MMAJunkie.com.
“Jon Jones has gotta be No. 1 for me. His title reign, I’ve seen him train before, how he’s beaten so many great light heavyweights before. And then after that it starts to get cloudy, I’m not gonna lie. I think there are athletes that are on their way, like if Khabib would keep on fighting and do five or six or seven or eight more fights, then I’ll definitely throw him in.
“For me, I like to see longevity. I like to see dominance. Longevity is a big thing. When you look at Jon Jones, I think he’s 15 world title fights? That’s a lot of work of staying motivated, staying on top to keep on winning. I think Izzy is on his way. If he goes up to light heavyweight and beats the champion there, and he goes up to fight Jon Jones, he’s definitely on his way.”
Jones recently vacated the light heavyweight championship as he plans to move up in weight. For years, Jones ruled the roost at 205 pounds and now he’s looking to further enhance his legacy.
As for Johnson, many take into account his record for the most consecutive successful UFC title defenses when it comes to GOAT consideration. “Mighty Mouse” is now a member of the ONE Championship roster.