Conor McGregor believes Anderson Silva is the best MMA fighter of all time however expects to surpass the Brazilian by the tip of his profession.
Former UFC featherweight and light-weight champion McGregor defined who he considers to be the perfect to have stepped into the Octagon.
The outspoken Irishman ranked himself second to former middleweight king Silva, although he clarified he could be high of the listing if failed drug checks had been taken into consideration.
McGregor additionally included former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre and light-heavyweight title-holder Jon Jones in his rankings.
He posted on Twitter: “The array of finishes, throughout 2 divisions, with champion standing in 1, Anderson Silva is No.1 MMA GOAT.
“My array of finishes, throughout Three divisions, with champion standing in 2, I am No.2. If not tied 1.
“Nevertheless [I’m] nonetheless energetic, No.1 is totally secured by profession finish. And simply.
“GSP [St-Pierre] is in at 3. A lot much less array of finishes however champion standing in 2. He’s far behind although. Causes = Left 170[lb division] after a lot harm taken + questionable resolution. By no means re-engaged 170lb successors. Bottled Anderson combat. Solely moved [to middleweight] when one-eyed fighter [Michael Bisping] offered. Performed secure.
“Jon is 4. Possibly tied 3. Extra array of finishes than Three and nonetheless energetic, however champion standing in simply 1. Causes = A number of lacklustre resolution performances + questionable resolution win. Trying to secure play HW [heavyweight] entry/avoiding its champion.”
McGregor added: “I did not mentions PED outcomes on a number of entrants, despite the fact that that makes me the clear present No.1 MMA GOAT, together with nonetheless being energetic.
“Though it shames, in addition to places all runs+finishes in full doubt, I’ve snored a number of juice heads. A real GOAT should do all of it.
“Readability on Silva’s earlier no.1 spot. Most stylistic finishes on resume. Entrance kicks to face. Up elbow (albeit exterior UFC) Thai plum knees resulting in damaged facial bones. Lengthy listing of jaw dropping finishes. Myself/Anderson have probably the most thrilling/essential finishes within the sport!
“Another on George/Jon resolution that can clear why I initially gave George Three and Jon Four earlier than a possibly tied 3. Quite a lot of Jon’s opponents had been Anderson’s 185lb opponents however the array of stoppages weren’t there, or nowhere close to Anderson’s regardless of the load benefit to take action.”