Despite this statement, Conor McGregor is not the greatest UFC fighter of all time. In fact, he is not even the biggest UFC fighter in his weight class. This honor goes to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who presented “Notorious” in his lightweight title fight at UFC 229 in 2018.
It was not close. The referee did not ring the bell. No controversy on the part of the judges.
But just because McGregor hasn’t turned out to be the best of all time, especially in the careers of fighters like Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre, doesn’t mean he is anything less than ‘an exceptional fighter.
Championship titles in two different weight categories, 19 KOs in 22 wins, a reign of terror in the 145 pound division that we have not seen since Jose Aldo’s time in WEC, the list goes on. McGregor’s failure to defend a single title, however, his final defeat against Nate Diaz at UFC 196, and the fact that he has only competed twice in nearly four years is detrimental to his work. But he’s super rich, so I guess that’s all that matters.
Just ask CM Punk.
This is the argument put forward by head coach John Kavanagh, who changed the story on Wednesday after failing to advance in the “GOAT” conversation. But just remember that for every dollar McGregor earns, Dana White and Co. doubles, and maybe even triples, that number.
It’s not important to us, it’s about your personal heritage and how you want you to remember me, although I should mention that it was McGregor who started the GOAT discussion, which makes the “price fight” argument sound a little spot.