Conor McGregor has chimed in on MMA’s GOAT conversation, and of course, he expects to play the biggest part.
McGregor took to Twitter on Saturday to lay out his case.
GOAT THREAD.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 23, 2020
The array of finishes, across 2 divisions, with champion status in 1, Anderson Silva is No.1 MMA GOAT.
My array of finishes, across 3 divisions, with champion status in 2, I’m No.2. If not tied 1.
However still active, No.1 is fully secured by career end. And easily.
GSP is in at 3. Much less array of finishes but champion status in 2. He is far behind though. Reasons = Left 170 after much damage taken+questionable decision. Never re-engaged 170lb successors. Bottled Anderson fight. Only moved when one eyed fighter presented. Played safe.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 23, 2020
Jon is 4. Maybe tied 3. More array of finishes than 3 and still active, but champion status in just 1. Reasons = Multiple lacklustre decision performances + questionable decision win. Attempting to safe play HW entry/avoiding its champion.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 23, 2020
One point of contention McGregor raised — that many others have in the past while debating the topic — is how positive USADA tests affect the ultimate standings.
I didn’t mentions PED results on multiple entrants, even though that makes me the clear current No.1 MMA GOAT, along with still being active.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 23, 2020
Although it shames, as well as puts all runs+finishes in complete doubt, I’ve snored multiple juice heads.
A true GOAT must do it all.
Clarity on Silva’s earlier no.1 spot. Most stylistic finishes on resume. Front kicks to face. Up elbow (albeit outside UFC) Thai plum knees leading to broken facial bones. Long list of jaw dropping finishes. Myself/Anderson have the most exciting/important finishes in the sport!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 23, 2020
And I’m only warming up.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 23, 2020
One more on George/Jon decision that will clear why I originally gave George 3 and Jon 4 before a maybe tied 3. A lot of Jons opponents were Anderson’s 185lb opponents but the array of stoppages where not there, or nowhere near Anderson’s despite the weight advantage to do so.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 23, 2020
After a fourth-round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, McGregor seems to have found the passion for the sport that lead him to become its biggest star. In January, the 31-year-old got back to his winning ways with a 40-second finish of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
Recently, McGregor threw is name into the lightweight title conversation with Nurmagomedov and new interim champion Justin Gaethje, and he even hinted via social media that he intends to return to the octagon in July. As of now, the first simultaneous multi-division champion in UFC history doesn’t have an opponent booked.