Reigning UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev responded to current UFC heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones, who responded to criticism from the Russian fighter by advising him to start by breaking some of his records.
“Why not? Give me a new belt, new opponents. I will beat all opponents, all records,” Makhachev said at the press conference for UFC 294.
A day earlier, the Russian criticized the rating of the best fighters of the organization regardless of weight category, which is headed by the American. According to Makhachev, Jones occupies this place undeservedly, as none of his last five opponents are on the UFC’s P4P list.
Makhachev will be able to oust Jones from the top spot this weekend if he pulls off a convincing win over Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi and prevents the Australian, who holds the featherweight title, from becoming a double UFC champion.
Volkanovski and Makhachev are currently ranked second and third in the UFC’s P4P rankings, respectively.
As for Jon Jones, he will step up to defend his championship belt on November 11 at UFC 295 in New York City, and his opponent will be former division champion Stipe Miocic.