Joe Rogan Causes Online Outrage With Reasons Why Conor McGregor Is Greatest Featherweight Ever
History was made and a new king was crowned at UFC 212 when Max Holloway finished Jose Aldo by way of a stunning third round TKO in front of the Brazillian’s home crowd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In doing so, the Hawaiian collected his 11th consecutive win and became the undisputed featherweight champ after unifying the belts.
His stunning victory has also reignited a long-running debate about who is the greatest featherweight of all time. Many pundits are undecided, but one man who’s mind is made up is UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who said that it all comes down to performances and no one beats Conor McGregor in that regard.
“I’ve got say Conor [McGregor] is the greatest 145-pounder of all time cause he knocked out Aldo, who was clearly the greatest,” Rogan stated on his podcast as UFC 212 was unfolding. “But in terms of who’s got more victories, of course, it’s Aldo. The problem is — we’re not doing MMA math here — you’re having two guys actually fight each other. So if you said who is the greatest of all time? Well, it would have to be Aldo because he beat all these guys — no, no no, because the two of them fought and Conor merked him. So you’ve to give it to him.
“Otherwise there’s no other metric. There’s no other metric other than a knockout.”
And while he understands the argument that McGregor doesn’t deserve to be called the featherweight GOAT because he never actually defended his title, the colour commentator doesn’t agree with that sentiment due to the fact that The Notorious beat Aldo to earn the title in the first place.
“People will fight against it ‘no because Aldo was the champion for so many years’. You’re 100-percent right. His body of work is much more impressive and there’s always going to be an asterisk next to Conor because that was just this one time he fought for the title at 145 [pounds], KO’d Aldo and was like ya’ll be cool. I’m out of here,” Rogan said.
“He’s the best ever. You have to say he’s the best ever even if he never fights featherweight again. Why? Because he KO’d the best ever,” Rogan stated. “The reality is Aldo’s the best ever but Conor KO’d him. You couldn’t say without the Aldo fight that Conor was the best ever. Because if you look at all the different people that both of them fought, you’re like wow it’s really close, it’s really interesting, Aldo has more fights.
“But once they actually fight, that’s it. That’s all that matters. It’s not MMA math. So you’ve got to give it to him.”
McGregor was actually the last man to beat Max Holloway before the Hawaiian started his incredible run of victories: they faced off back in August of 2013 in what was McGregor’s second ever fight in the UFC and he won the bout by way of a unanimous decision. It is unlikely that he will ever return to the featherweight division after vacating his belt in the aftermath of becoming the lightweight champion.
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