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UFC: Jon Jones hits out again at fans heralding Khabib Nurmagomedov as ‘the GOAT’

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Jon Jones has again hit out at those declaring Khabib Nurmagomedov the greatest of all time ahead of himself, posting a video on Instagram. 

‘Bones’ was clearly annoyed at the declarations of Khabib retiring as MMA’s GOAT in the immediate aftermath of the UFC 254 win over Justin Gaethje. 

He tweeted a number of times, saying it would be ‘insulting’ be ranked below Khabib in the pound-for-pound list and has now made another dig at those putting the now-retired Dagestani ahead of him. 

Jon Jones made another dig at fans elevating Khabib Nurmagomedov above him as the GOAT

Jon Jones made another dig at fans elevating Khabib Nurmagomedov above him as the GOAT

Jon Jones made another dig at fans elevating Khabib Nurmagomedov above him as the GOAT

Khabib defended his belt in fine style against Justin Gaethje before retiring from MMA

Khabib defended his belt in fine style against Justin Gaethje before retiring from MMA

Khabib defended his belt in fine style against Justin Gaethje before retiring from MMA

In the clip, he says: ‘I’m talking to all you Khabib fans out there. Fifteen world titles to your guys’ four, and you guys are really talking about who’s the best fighter ever? You guys are joking, right?

‘Fifteen to four. Are you guys’ kidding me? The only person that could possibly come back and challenge my record and what I’ve done in the UFC is possibly Georges St-Pierre. 

‘He would have to come back and win two championship fights to tie me, and I’m not even retired yet. I’m 33 years old. I’ve got a whole other chapter to go through

The Russian had a short time at the top compared to Jones but never failed a drugs test

The Russian had a short time at the top compared to Jones but never failed a drugs test

The Russian had a short time at the top compared to Jones but never failed a drugs test 

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‘You guys are nuts – I love you guys so much,’ he said. ‘I hope you guys all have a great day. Fifteen world championships to four.

‘And all you guys who are going with this he’s more dominant argument, the just recently started fighting elite-level competition. Could you imagine me against the No 10 ranked guy?’ 

Jones previously wrote on Twitter: ‘I mean if I get out ranked by a man with only three title defences, I don’t really know what to think anymore.’

He added: ‘Not salty at all, I do really respect Khabib. I honor the type of man he is. But being the best is earned not given. Unfortunately four title fights ain’t it, no matter how much we all like em.’ 

Jones has won 15 title fights for either the main belt or interim crown although one of those wins was overturned for a failed drugs test.  

Jones points out that he has fought and won in 15 championship fights before the age of 33

Jones points out that he has fought and won in 15 championship fights before the age of 33

Jones points out that he has fought and won in 15 championship fights before the age of 33

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Many fans point to the fact that Jones has twice failed drugs tests in the UFC and been subsequently banned. 

For some, this puts an asterisk next to his achievements in the sport even though his body of work is greater over a longer period of time than many others, including Khabib, who may be considered the greatest. 

Khabib shocked the MMA world by retiring at the age of 32 after the Gaethje fight having promised his mother it would be his last match-up without his late father and trainer Abdulmanap by his side. 

He won the fight despite the broken foot he was nursing just 16 days prior to the contest and walks away with the biggest purse of his career (£4.6m).  

Jones, 33, is moving up to heavyweight and has champion Stipe Miocic in his sights.  

Khabib is one of the most dominant fighters in history but Jones considers himself the best

Khabib is one of the most dominant fighters in history but Jones considers himself the best

Khabib is one of the most dominant fighters in history but Jones considers himself the best

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DAVE BASSETT: Sheffield United sacking Chris Wilder would be suicide

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Chris Wilder knows exactly how to get Sheffield United out of this predicament because we did it before, and he was there. It was 1990-91 and we were much deeper in trouble than the Blades are now.

We had only four points from our first 16 games back in the old Division One. We went seven games without scoring. After 22 games we were still bottom. Absolutely nobody was saying we could stay up but we got out of trouble. We finished 13th.

The players, fans and board stuck together. That was the key. Everyone trusted what we were doing and no one went looking for a scapegoat. We trained hard and kept working. We stayed with our beliefs and our formation. 

Sheffield United shouldn't sack Chris Wilder, he should stay in charge for as long as possible

Sheffield United shouldn't sack Chris Wilder, he should stay in charge for as long as possible

Sheffield United shouldn’t sack Chris Wilder, he should stay in charge for as long as possible

I couldn’t tell them we’d definitely stay up. But we could either give up and call it a day or keep fighting until our luck turned. And it did. We signed Glyn Hodges from Crystal Palace, he scored against Derby and we won seven in a row. 

Chris played in a lot of those games. I’m confident he can do it again. I can see his players are trying. They were bombing on in the 90th minute at West Brom creating chances, trying to get an equaliser. 

They’ve missed their fans more than any other Premier League team. Bramall Lane can be a ferocious atmosphere, one of those grounds opponents don’t enjoy. It was the same in my time and in Neil Warnock’s. 

It’s been a tougher start in terms of fixtures and they’ve not been so lucky with injuries as last season. Jack O’Connell is a big miss. Enda Stevens and John Fleck have been out, and they’re important. The strikers are not firing. 

It has been a very difficult start to the campaign but Wilder's side can turn things around

It has been a very difficult start to the campaign but Wilder's side can turn things around

It has been a very difficult start to the campaign but Wilder’s side can turn things around

They just need a win to ignite something. There will be a game, and it could be Leicester on Sunday, when they’ll get battered and win 1-0.

A couple of wins and they’re back in the pack. I can’t believe anybody thinks firing Wilder is a good idea.

The biggest factor in our escape 30 years ago was the support from Derek Dooley and the rest of the board. Leading into Christmas, we’d still not won and Derek said, “We’re fully behind you”.

He always had the raging hump about being sacked on Christmas Eve by Sheffield Wednesday. He said they’d never dream of doing that.

I never felt any pressure, nor did I expect any after what I’d done. They were going nowhere when I arrived in 1988, going down into the third division with a poor team and deep in debt. 

Wilder is the best man to keep United up - he helped them to avoid relegation as a player

Wilder is the best man to keep United up - he helped them to avoid relegation as a player

Wilder is the best man to keep United up – he helped them to avoid relegation as a player

Two years later, we were back in the top league and we didn’t do it by spending big, like Leeds. We started the season against Liverpool, the champions. They had Ian Rush and John Barnes and we finished with John Pemberton in goal because Simon Tracey broke his cheekbone.

Sheffield United spent six seasons in League One before Chris won promotion. That’s a disgrace for a club of their size. He turned them around and brought them success after some miserable times.

It’s true some clubs might have sacked him by now. Watford and Nottingham Forest might have sacked him but Norwich could have got rid of Daniel Farke when they were struggling last season. They didn’t, nobody undermined him and now they’re top of the Championship, and they look like a sensible club who know what’s required to succeed within their limitations.

Sheffield United have a good manager. He’s the best man to keep them up. Tell me someone with better credentials. I hope they’re trying to look after him and support him. They should be trying to keep him for as long as he wants to stay. That’s what I’d be doing. If they sack Wilder, then cheerio. Suicide. Back to the Championship. 

Dave Bassett was talking to Matt Barlow

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Leeds United’s Jack Harrison scores with stunning girlfriend Fiorella Arbenz

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MODEL Fiorella Arbenz has stuck it away in the back of the net so her footballer boyfriend should be taking notes.

The Costa Rican beauty, 24, is dating Leeds United star Jack Harrison, also 24.

Jack Harrison has been on a winning streak since dating stunning Fiorella Arbenz

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The Leeds winger landed his model girlfriend and realised his dream of playing in the Premier League

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The Leeds winger landed his model girlfriend and realised his dream of playing in the Premier LeagueCredit: Jack Harrison Instagram

The winger is currently realising his dream of playing in the Premier League, having previously played for Manchester City.

Speaking in October Jack said: “There were a lot of times I was doubting myself and how I could still achieve my dream of playing in the Premier League.

“But I look back on this crazy journey and realise the path I chose prepared me for this moment.”

Meanwhile Fiorella works as a model and was 4th runner-up for Miss Asia Pacific International.

Talk about the glammed united.

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Fiorella works as a model and was 4th runner-up for Miss Asia Pacific InternationalCredit: Jack Harrison Instagram
How Leeds could line up next season, with Ibrahimovic and Cavani in attack plus Quarta and Bravo in defence

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AHEAD OF THE GAME: Manchester United keen to re-visit plans to hire a director of football

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The BBC are eager to commission a follow-up documentary with Anton Ferdinand after the success of the programme broadcast earlier this week — Football, Racism and Me.

In a compelling piece of television, the former Queens Park Rangers defender spoke in detail for the first time about the notorious incident at Loftus Road in 2011 when he was racially abused by John Terry. It led to the Chelsea defender being banned by the FA and losing the England captaincy after he had been cleared in court.

Ferdinand revealed he had been subjected to death threats after the event and spoke of his guilt at not speaking out about racism earlier. Initial talks have taken place at the corporation about making a second documentary, which would have a broader focus on the issue of racism in football and wider society. 

BBC are keen to produce a follow-up to the success of documentary 'Football, Racism and Me'

BBC are keen to produce a follow-up to the success of documentary 'Football, Racism and Me'

BBC are keen to produce a follow-up to the success of documentary ‘Football, Racism and Me’

Ferdinand spoke in detail about the incident involving John Terry at Loftus Road back in 2011. Terry was later cleared in court after a member of the public raised the issue with the police

Ferdinand spoke in detail about the incident involving John Terry at Loftus Road back in 2011. Terry was later cleared in court after a member of the public raised the issue with the police

Ferdinand spoke in detail about the incident involving John Terry at Loftus Road back in 2011. Terry was later cleared in court after a member of the public raised the issue with the police

Joel Glazer wants director of football at Old Trafford 

Manchester United are revisiting long-standing plans to appoint a director of football on the orders of owner Joel Glazer.

United have run numerous recruitment processes to bring in a transfer guru over the last few years and held several interviews without identifying the right candidate to work with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the club’s main negotiator Matt Judge. 

Glazer, is demanding an overhaul of recruitment, with United having little recent silverware to show for a net transfer spend of £1billion over the last decade, and wants a new structure in place by the end of the season.

Joel Glazer is demanding an overhaul of recruitment due to little success in recent seasons

Joel Glazer is demanding an overhaul of recruitment due to little success in recent seasons

Joel Glazer is demanding an overhaul of recruitment due to little success in recent seasons

Lionesses to get new assistant to help Phil Neville

Phil Neville will be given a new assistant coach on a full-time contract to work with England Lionesses next year, even though he has no matches to prepare for.

The Lionesses have not played since March after recent friendlies against Germany and Norway were cancelled due to positive Covid-19 tests, but the FA are pushing ahead with their recruitment plans despite making major cuts elsewhere at St George’s Park.

The new coach will be in place for just seven months because Neville is being replaced by Holland manager Sarina Wiegman next summer, with the Dutchwoman expected to bring in her own staff.

Derby stay could be quick for Steve McClaren 

Steve McClaren’s fifth spell at Derby County may be short-lived, as the former England manager is working without a permanent contract at Pride Park.

The club’s former manager returned to Derby last week as a consultant to the board of directors, with a decision on whether he is retained in the more formal role of technical director left to new owners Derventio Holdings, whose takeover is expected to go through imminently.

Wayne Rooney’s future as manager is also uncertain, because the interim boss continues to rely heavily on coaching staff Leroy Rosenior, Justin Walker and Shay Given for Derby’s tactical preparation despite taking sole charge last week.

Steve McLaren's consultant role could be the shortest of his five stints spent at Derby County

Steve McLaren's consultant role could be the shortest of his five stints spent at Derby County

Steve McLaren’s consultant role could be the shortest of his five stints spent at Derby County

Shamed FA man to keep perks 

The FA have been forced to grant ‘fellowship rights’ to Brian Jones, the former FA Council member who resigned last year after posting an Islamophobic message on social media. It follows a decision taken by the National Game Board, who represent the grassroots game on the governing body. 

The FA Board and chief executive Mark Bullingham opposed restoring Jones’s privileges after he was found guilty of ‘aggravated improper conduct’ by an independent commission and made to leave the Council, and a bitter row last week led to the sudden resignation of FA Board member Stacey Cartwright, as revealed by Sportsmail.

The National Game Board refused to back down following the dispute, however, and Jones will get his fellowship rights, which amount to two tickets for every England game and occasional invitations to the Royal Box at Wembley.

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