Conor McGregor Isn’t the GOAT, But You Already Knew that, Right?

So yesterday, I’m at work, bored as hell, when I pulled out my phone to check out the stuff I’m subscribed to on Snapchat. I saw something that caught my attention called “Vote the GOAT” by this company called Wishbone. I have no idea what these people do but I decided to check it out anyway. It’s all harmless questions, like “Vote the GOAT QB” or “Who’s the Greatest Basketball Player of All-Time,” with four different options to vote on.

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Then I get to one called “Vote The Goat: MMA”, and the options are Anderson Silva, Conor McGregor, Jon Jones, and Fedor Emelianenko. So I think to myself with childlike bliss, “Oooh, this one’s gonna be close between Fedor and Silva. I’m gonna vote Fedor, I hope people agree with me,” and then I see this shit.

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I am legitimately triggered for the first time in my life. That’s from 100,000 people, and nearly two-thirds of them think that Conor McGregor is the GOAT.

I get it, Conor McGregor is an extremely charismatic and entertaining fighter, and a great one at that, but if you seriously think he is the best to ever do it, get your head checked.

What’s been McGregor’s biggest win? Who’s the best fighter he’s beaten? A past-his-prime Jose Aldo? Nate Diaz after already being choked out by him? Chad Mendes? Eddie Alvarez?

Yes, I understand that he was the double champ, but he never defended the featherweight title and was stripped of the lightweight belt after two years of not defending that either. The fact that he walked around with those two belts leading up to the Khabib fight was the biggest crock of shit.  

Enough about trashing on McGregor, because, at the end of the day, he is one of the greatest to ever do it. However, he’s nowhere near THE best to ever do it. So let’s compare him to the actual GOAT’s.

Fair warning, I’m not gonna break down each individual fighter or how they fight. I’m not a martial artist and I would be lying if I said I knew how they fought. I’m only interested in each man’s legacy, who they beat, and how dominant they really were.

Anderson Silva

Everyone knows that Anderson “The Spider” Silva was really good. Like REALLY good. MMA: UFC 168-Weidman vs SilvaUnfortunately, most people will think of him snapping his leg in two during his rematch against Chris Weidman at UFC 168. What people forget is that those two fights against Weidman, where he lost the title at UFC 162 and the leg snap, that was the first time Silva had lost consecutive fights in his entire career. He had gone 16 years without suffering consecutive L’s. That’s pretty incredible. What’s even more incredible is his stretch of dominance leading up to that first Weidman loss. Silva arrived in the UFC in 2006 with a win over Chris Leben and didn’t lose for 7 years. He won the title later that year against Rich Franklin and defended 10 times successfully. He OWNED the middleweight division for almost a decade and was basically untested throughout. His recent steroid issues make it hard to put him as the true greatest of all time but he’s pretty damn close.

Fedor Emelianenko

If you don’t know Fedor, we can’t be friends. He is, without a doubt, the greatest fighter to never fight in the UFC. Fedor’s first loss in MMA came in 2000, where a doctor stoppage ended the fight in a pretty bullshit manner. Fedor must have been pretty pissed because he went on not lose another fight for 10 years. 10 years! He went 31-1 during that stretch.

If you don’t know MMA, then these names may mean nothing to you, but Fedor did this while fighting the best of the best in Pride FC, beating guys like Mark Coleman (twice), Gary Goodridge, Kevin Randleman, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Heath Herring, Kazuyuki Fujita, Mark Hunt, and Mirko Cro Cop in what Sports Illustrated named The Fight of The Decade. The Dude did it all. Over his career, he has beaten five former UFC or Pride champions, as well as beating Hong Man Choi with an arm-bar. Hong Man Choi is 7’3″, while Fedor’s 6’0″. The Last Emperor just defeated Chael Sonnen on Saturday night and will be fighting for the Bellator heavyweight title soon at age 42. GOAT.

Jon Jones

It’s sad what has happened to Jon Jones, but it’s sadder that he did it to himself. Suspensions and arrests aside, the man ran the UFC light heavyweight division from 2011 to 2017. You can say that he’s a dirty fighter because of his oblique kicks, he pokes people in the eyes, or that he’s been caught for steroids. I’d say you’re kind of right, but he’s 22-1 with that one loss coming because of a bullshit disqualification for using 12-6 elbows during his fight against Matt Hamill. He’s never been beaten in his career and he may be the most well-rounded fighter in the UFC today. Now, he’s coming back to fight Gustafsson for a second time for the UFC light heavyweight title. He’s a one of a kind talent, and he’s only 31 years old.

In conclusion, the Notorious Conor McGregor can’t hold a candle to any of those three guys. Look at the records, look at who they’ve beaten, look at the way the fight, and look at whatever else you want to. He’s not better than any of them. It’s a joke that the casual fans, who literally saw him get destroyed just two weeks ago, think that he is the greatest fighter of all time.

Read a book, do some research, and know a thing or two folks.  


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