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The sequence began with McGregor revealing his MMA all-time pound-for-pound rankings, with Anderson Silva at No. 1 and himself at No. 2:
Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA
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’m No.2. If not tied 1.
Nonetheless nonetheless lively, No.1 is totally secured by profession finish. And simply.
McGregor positioned future UFC Corridor of Famer and two-division champion Georges St-Pierre at third and present UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jon Jones a detailed fourth.
Diaz took umbrage towards McGregor’s pound-for-pound GOAT rankings, referencing his submission win towards McGregor at UFC 196 in March 2016 whereas touting his personal candidacy (warning: tweets include profanity):
Nathan Diaz @NateDiaz209
Smoked the #1 p4p and double champ
know the actual 🐐 whenever you see him
And don’t for get I did it higher and faster than anybody else on the bottom and despatched him down with punches faster than Mayweather did so fuck alll y’all rankings and know an actual goat whenever you see me https://t.co/wHmDqVERmf
Khabib, the UFC’s at present undefeated light-weight champion, then jumped into the combination and provided his two cents on McGregor’s GOAT credentials:
khabib nurmagomedov @TeamKhabib
you tapped out in featherweight , you tapped out in light-weight and also you tapped in welterweight , you by no means defended title within the UFC or Cage Warriors , you gave up greater than GSP , Spider and Bones all collectively.
you biggest @ufc fighter in twitter historical past.
The UFC’s present pound-for-pound rankings have Jones at first, with Khabib following in second. McGregor sits in eighth. Diaz isn’t listed within the prime 15.
Struggle Matrix offers the all-time nod to St-Pierre, who completed his profession with a 26-2 skilled report and a 13-match profitable streak that lasted a complete decade from 2007 to 2017.
His defeats got here towards Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, opponents that St-Pierre later defeated in rematches (Hughes twice by way of TKO and submission and Serra as soon as by TKO).
In different phrases, St-Pierre beat each opponent he confronted.
Jones is second on that listing. McGregor’s GOAT decide of Silva is fourth, and Khabib is 22nd.
Among the many three fighters within the debate, Khabib defeated McGregor by way of fourth-round submission throughout their light-weight title match at UFC 229 in October 2018.
Diaz and McGregor have cut up two fights: the aforementioned Diaz submission win and a majority resolution in favor of McGregor at UFC 202 in August 2016. Each Diaz-McGregor fights have been welterweight bouts.
Diaz and Khabib have by no means met within the Octagon.