UFC: Jon Jones Makes His Pick For Khabib vs McGregor Rematch
It’s coming up to two years since Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor at UFC 229, in what was the biggest pay-per-view event in the promotion’s history. Although the ‘The Notorious’ is currently retired, he has consistently campaigned for a rematch with the Dagestani champion.
Khabib and his manager Ali Abdelaziz however, have constantly refused to consider a possible rematch, claiming that McGregor needs to earn a rematch. Just this weekend, the lightweight champion said that he would entertain fighting the Irishman again, if he beats Dustin Poirier.
Should the two meet again, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has said he would back Khabib to beat McGregor again.
“I typically don’t go against wrestlers if you’re asking me as a betting man. Wrestlers have the power to dictate where the fight goes, whether it’s going to be a standing match or whether he’s going to take him to the ground and make it a jiu-jitsu match,” Jones told TMZ Sports (as transcribed by TalkSport)
“I think the cards are always in Khabib’s hands,” he continued. “Conor definitely has a chance, but if I were to put my money on it, I’m definitely going with Khabib, for sure.”
Khabib is scheduled to defend his UFC lightweight title against the interim champion Justin Gaethje, at UFC 254 on October 24th. The 31 year has stated that he wants to fight Georges St-Pierre next April, after he defends his title against ‘The Highlight’. McGregor meanwhile, has only fought once since UFC 229, defeating ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, via 40-second TKO at UFC 246 this past January.
Jon Jones hasn’t fought since successfully defending his 205lbs title against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. ‘Bones’ has been fallen out with the UFC since, over failed negotiations to move up to heavyweight to fight Francis Ngannou. The 33 year old was very active on social media during UFC 252 however, suggesting that he will return to challenge Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title.
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