Khabib and Jon Jones Rip Conor McGregor After He Declared Himself the MMA GOAT
By Sam Dunn
Who's the greatest mixed martial artist of all time? Depending on who you ask, you'll hear names like Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, and Demetrious Johnson -- but last week, Conor McGregor took it upon himself to try not just to recalibrate the debate, but to thrust himself right into the middle of it.
Plenty of fighers, fans, and pundits took issue with Conor declaring himself no worse than No. 2 all time beind Silva. That includes his infamous rival, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
That's a good point! Conor was the first fighter ever to hold two different UFC championships at once, but he never defended either title. Khabib isn't about to forget that both he and Nate Diaz have both submitted him in the Octagon. For good measure, Artemij Sitenkov and Joseph Duffy both submitted him back in The Notorious' pre-UFC days in Ireland.
For his part, pound-for-pound king Jon Jones has a few questions about McGregor's GOAT case as well.
Ah, yes! Hard to stack up win after win in title fights if you don't defend your titles. Jonny Bones is surely convinced that this is the best evidence in his own favor in the GOAT debate, but McGregor fans aren't about to buy it, are they?
All it means is that this ongoing conversation just isn't going to be settled any time soon.
At least not until we let Amanda Nunes into the disussion and hear what she has to say,