Conor McGregor Reveals His Pick for MMA GOAT on Twitter and Some Fans Are Going to Be Mad
By Jerry Trotta
Conor McGregor's last fight came at UFC 246 in January, when he finished off Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone with a vicious knockout in the first minute of Round 1. The 31-year-old is still the competition's most high-profile superstar by a wide margin, but UFC boss Dana White has yet to book a next opponent for him.
Well, it would appear McGregor's extended layoff has provided him with all the time he needs to determine his pick for mixed martial arts GOAT. The former simultaneous featherweight and lightweight champion took to Twitter on Saturday morning with a string of posts that featured his rankings, with a beloved Brazilian topping the list -- for now.
McGregor crowned Anderson Silva, a former middleweight champ who holds the record for longest title reign in UFC history, as the greatest fighter of all time, and was quick to assert that he himself the second-best.
Since he's still active, that means he's got a great shot to overtake Spider.
Georges St-Pierre comes in at No. 3 for the Irishman, but not without controversy. McGregor highlights the former two-division champ leaving the 170-pound weight class with some controversy -- it's popular to believe he deserved to lose his 2013 title fight with Johny Hendricks -- and never fighting Silva at middelweight, the most-desired dream bout among MMA fans for years. Rumor has it that GSP never wanted to step in the ring with Silva.
Jon Jones isn't far behind St-Pierre in the eyes of McGregor, but the latter has the former there because he's only held the title in the light heavyweight division.
In a neat twist, McGregor proceeded to mention PEDs, insisting that the fact he's never used them might make him the de facto GOAT already.
Everybody's bound to have theiir own opinion as to how the list should shake out, but McGregor was certainly not crazy to put Silva at the top and GSP and Jones nearby. One could argue that Daniel Cormier deserves to be included somewhere or that McGregor himself isn't yet in the top five having never defended a single belt, but second-guessing "The Notorious" is a business we want no part of.