Craig Jones: Khabib is clearly superior grappler compared to Makhachev

Craig Jones is considered one of the most interesting competitors in Jiu-jitsu for several reasons.

Firstly, he has an impressive record of victories and podium finishes in high-level competitions such as the ADCC and the Eddie Bravo Invitationals. He is known for his exceptional grappling skills and has been praised for his ability to submit even the toughest opponents.

Secondly, Jones has gained a significant following due to his entertaining personality and sense of humor, which he often showcases on social media. He has also been involved in various online challenges and has collaborated with other high-profile individuals, further expanding his reach and popularity.


Jones just wrapped a stint as Alex Volkanovski’s BJJ coach and delivered an interesting interview with Submission Radio. The speculation going into the interview was that Jones would cop to a degree to which he embellished his criticism of Sambo in order to prop up Volkanovski going into UFC 284.

“In my opinion, I think Khabib’s better, like I think he’s like, in terms of pure grappling. I think he’s better. Islam’s probably a better striker from what we’ve seen.”

“But I mean at the end of the day, like Khabib for Iaquinta, didn’t come close to really any submissions, come close to finishing Iaquinta at all so again, Iaquinta’s I believe a Renzo (Gracie) guy, he’s a really good grappler.”

Nurmagomedov became UFC lightweight champion after going five rounds with an overweight Al Iaquinta at UFC 223.

“But like he survived just fine against a guy that everyone’s so terrified of, so it’s like, I think still with both of these Khabib and Islam, we haven’t really seen enough of them to know how good they are on the ground, because there might be other guys that Islam fights in the future that do really well on the ground with him. ”

“Peopple got mad, I said he submitted, Charles (Oliveira), because Charles was rocked. And I think you can see that in this fight as well, it’s like, we don’t know how good his submissions are, like, you know, the guys he submitted aren’t grapplers, Oliveira is, but Oliveira was basically unconscious by the time this submission was on. ”