Former long-time flyweight champion and current ONE FC titleholder Demetrious Johnson has been considered to be one of ‘Greatest Of All Time’ in the sport of MMA for several years now, but it seems he has his own thoughts on who that honor should go to.
“Jon Jones has gotta be No. 1 for me,” Johnson told MMAJunkie. “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 (Israel Adesanya) 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.”
That being said, Johnson still thinks it’s hard to see past Jones.
“Jon Jones, look at his grappling, look at his hands, look at his submissions, look at how long he’s been a champion.”