Jon Jones

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 03: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones speaks to the media during the UFC 182 post fight press conference inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Jon Jones says win over Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 solidifies him as the MMA GOAT

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones says that a win over Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 for the vacant heavyweight title solidifies him as the MMA GOAT.

Jones returns to the Octagon after a three-year layoff next month when he moves up a weight class to take on Gane for the heavyweight belt that Francis Ngannou recently vacated. For Jones, he enters this fight with a nearly-unblemished 26-1, 1 NC record in the sport, with his lone loss coming by controversial DQ back in 2009. Many fans and media already consider him the best fighter of all time in MMA for everything he did at light heavyweight, but if he goes out there and wins the heavyweight belt, it would be hard to deny him the title of GOAT.

Jones, in fact, believes that he needs to beat Gane in order to solidify his place atop MMA’s all-time GOAT list. Speaking to Jimmy Smith on his “Unlocking the Cage” podcast, Jones admitted that the prospect of solidifying his place as the greatest MMA fighter of all time is something that he thinks about. As far as Jones goes, if he goes out there and beats Gane at UFC 285, his place at the top will be solidified.

“Of course, I want to perform at the highest level possible. I want to look great and not only do I want to win, I want to dominate. But, no, I’m not really thinking about the pressure of being pound-for-pound king. We all have our time of looking the absolute best in the world. I’m fighting for something that I believe is bigger, which is the greatest of all time, and I do believe a victory over Gane solidifies that,” Jone said (via

Do you agree with Jon Jones that he would be the undisputed MMA GOAT if he beats Ciryl Gane at UFC 285?

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