LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 04: Demetrious Johnson prepares to battle Henry Cejudo of their UFC flyweight championship battle in the course of the UFC 227 occasion inside Staples Heart on August 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC by way of Getty Photographs)

The identical query is requested on each sports activities present world wide, who’s the GOAT of this sport and that sport?  For basketball, many contemplate the reply to be Michael Jordan, for soccer, Tom Brady, for golf, Jack Nicklaus, and for baseball, Babe Ruth.  The query about who’s the MMA GOAT has been round because the inception of the game, however a number of tweets from Conor McGregor concerning the matter started an all-out brawl throughout social media.


On Saturday, Could 23rd round 9:30 am, the Infamous Conor McGregor started what he referred to as the GOAT Thread, it was a sequence of seven tweets.  In his first tweet, McGregor listed Anderson Silva because the No. 1 MMA GOAT as a result of his array of finishes, exercise in two divisions, and standing as UFC middleweight champion.  Nevertheless, McGregor didn’t cease there, in a number of extra tweets, he made a listing of the highest 4 MMA fighters of all-time.  The No. 2 MMA GOAT was McGregor himself; he famous his array of finishes throughout three divisions, the double-champ standing, and the truth that not like Anderson, he’s nonetheless lively, so there might be alternatives to safe the No. 1 spot.  The No. Three MMA GOAT on the checklist was George St-Pierre as a result of his championship standing at 170 and 185, however McGregor criticized GSP for ducking Silva, successful by way of questionable selections, leaving 170 after taking an excessive amount of injury, taking a simple battle in opposition to Michael Bisping, and by no means re-engaging the 170lb successors.  The No. Four and last fighter listed on the checklist of MMA GOATs was Jon Jones, who McGregor famous could possibly be tied with GSP at No. 3, as a result of his greater array of finishes, however Jones was criticized for under being the sunshine heavyweight champion, lackluster determination victories, combating largely former 185 pound opponents, and avoiding the transfer to heavyweight.

The following tweet within the GOAT Thread mentioned the rumored PED utilization of GSP and the failed drug exams of Anderson Silva and Jon Jones.  In keeping with McGregor, this utilization of performance-enhancing medication places all wins, runs, finishes, and accomplishments unsure, and thus, makes him the clear-cut No. 1 GOAT.  Additionally, McGregor replied to feedback from followers, the primary was associated to the place Khabib Nurmagomedov ranked on the checklist.  McGregor replied that Khabib had a flowery file, however a solution to go earlier than any GOAT entry, since he had missed a number of fights and solely had one spotlight win which was over “me with hangover and damaged foot”.  Lastly, a Twitter consumer objected to the checklist by noting that in his opinion with out Demetrious “Mighty Mouse “ Johnson, the checklist was full nonsense.  The Infamous replied by saying he liked the talent of Mighty Mouse however famous that he confronted restricted competitors, left the UFC after shedding to Henry Cejudo, and misplaced a 135lb title try in opposition to Dominick Cruz.  This sequence of tweets went nuclear throughout social media as fighters similar to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jon Jones, Michael Bisping, Ben Askren, Daniel Cormier, Nate Diaz, and Jorge Masvidal, all bashed the checklist and profession of McGregor.


Now, I observe a number of MMA-related accounts on Twitter, Fb, and Instagram, my feed from Saturday till right this moment was put up after put up centered on the GOAT debate.  Due to this fact, I made a decision to sit down down, crunch the numbers, and work out who’s the true GOAT of MMA based mostly on numbers.  Thus, I created a Microsoft Excel doc with the names of 11 fighters who’re typically talked about within the GOAT dialog.  These fighters are Conor McGregor, Jon Jones, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Demetrious Johnson, Amanda Nunes, Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva, George St-Pierre, Daniel Cormier, Jose Aldo, and Henry Cejudo.  Then, I wanted to create a solution to decide the accomplishments of every fighter in a good/even means.  Thus, for every general win of their profession, the fighter was awarded two factors, for every loss, the fighter misplaced 4 factors.  The longevity of the fighter’s profession was additionally considered for the GOAT dialog, for every combating yr, a fighter gained one level.  Now, clearly, to be a GOAT in any sport, an athlete should win the last word prize, a championship, thus for every title gained, a fighter earned three factors, and for every profitable title protection, an extra two factors had been credited.  Now, if a fighter had failed a drug take a look at at any time, and no matter any excuses or reasoning, they had been docked six factors.  The ultimate class was associated to the dominance of every fighter, thus I appeared on the longest win streaks throughout their careers, and for every win throughout that streak, the fighter earned half a degree.

Scoring System for MMA GOAT Record:

Every General Win = 2 pts

Every General Loss = -Four pts

Every Preventing Yr = 1 pt.

Titles Gained = Three pts

Profitable Title Defenses = 2 pts

Failed Drug Check = – 6 pts

Longest Win Streak in Profession = 1 pt. per every win

Rank # 11: Henry Cejudo (46 General Factors)

The not too long ago retired, former bantamweight and featherweight champion was awarded a complete of 46 factors by the grading scale.  The difficulty for Cejudo was that he merely didn’t have sufficient fights and years to construct up the variety of wins and title defenses that the opposite fighters have.  For example, fighters similar to Anderson Silva fought for 20 years, Fedor fought for 17, even Jose Aldo fought for 15, whereas Cejudo solely fought for 7 years.  Due to this fact, if Cejudo decides to unretire and battle as soon as once more, he may simply work his means up the checklist by racking up wins and regaining his throne as champion.  Now, I’d additionally like so as to add that this checklist displays the GOAT of MMA and never the GOAT of fight sports activities, so the Olympic Gold medal win by Cejudo was not considered.

Rank # 10: Conor McGregor (51 Factors)

Essentially the most well-known and famend athlete within the historical past of MMA, the Infamous Conor McGregor will probably not be glad together with his rating of #10 on this checklist.  Nevertheless, the problem for the Irishman is that he has zero profitable title defenses, has solely been competing for 9 years, and has already misplaced 4 bouts throughout his profession.  Now, some folks might state that the marketability of McGregor and his means to promote large quantities of PPVs should be taken under consideration.  Nevertheless, whereas making this checklist for the MMA GOAT, solely in ring accomplishments had been thought of.

Rank # 9: Amanda Nunes (55 Factors)

The very best feminine fighter within the historical past of MMA, Amanda “Lioness” Nunes ought to proceed to stand up the checklist of MMA GOATs, as she defends each the ladies’s bantamweight and featherweight titles.  Nunes who is just starting to enter her bodily prime on the age of 31 has already notched large wins over Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg, and Valentina Shevchenko (2X), and can look so as to add Felicia Spencer’s identify to that checklist at UFC 250 on June 6th.  If Nunes can choose up the win in opposition to the extraordinarily sturdy Spencer, she could have added one other 5 factors to her identify, which might increase her complete as much as 60 complete factors.  Additional, if over the approaching years, Nunes can keep wholesome, defend each belts, and develop her general wins/successful streak, then there is no such thing as a cause, she can’t transfer into the Prime-5 of MMA GOATs by the tip of her profession.

Rank # 8: Daniel Cormier (67 Factors)

The most effective wrestlers of all time, the previous mild heavyweight and heavyweight champion, Daniel “DC” Cormier shouldn’t be typically talked about in informal conversations relating to MMA GOAT standing.  Nevertheless, the hardcore followers of the UFC and Strikeforce know that Cormier is likely one of the finest to ever compete contained in the octagon.  He has compiled a formidable file of 22 wins and a couple of losses, together with his defeats coming to Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic, the present LHW and HW champions respectfully.  The principle cause why Cormier shouldn’t be greater on this checklist is that he solely has three profitable title defenses in his profession, which is kind of low, when in comparison with Aldo (9), Silva (10), and Johnson (11).  Now, when you eliminated Jones (who’s one of the best mild heavyweight of all-time and Miocic who’s arguably one of the best heavyweight of all-time) then Cormier would have reigned supreme over each divisions for years, and his variety of profitable title defenses would undoubtedly be a lot greater.  Thus, as Cormier prepares for his last battle contained in the octagon, which is able to probably happen in August with a trilogy battle in opposition to Miocic, he has already cemented himself as an all-time nice within the sport of MMA.

Rank # 7: Jose Aldo (77 Factors)

Many readers will snort and even mock the truth that Jose Aldo is ranked greater than Conor McGregor who knocked out Aldo in 13 seconds to win the 145lb belt in 2015.  Nevertheless, Aldo has one of the respectable resumes within the historical past of MMA. The Brazilian gained 18 consecutive fights from Could 20, 2006, to October 25, 2014.  Additionally, Aldo gained a major variety of factors by efficiently defending his title 9 instances throughout his profession.  Nevertheless, Aldo is beginning to fall down the checklist; his efficiency in latest bouts has been poor, and the losses have elevated considerably.  For example, Aldo after shedding to McGregor held an expert file of 25-2, however within the seven fights since, he has gone 3-4.  Now, Aldo does have the flexibility to reverse the pattern, as he’s rumored to be in talks with the UFC to battle Petr Yan for the UFC bantamweight title.  If Aldo is ready to emerge victorious from that bout, he would earn one other 5 factors and would have the chance to considerably enhance his rating by way of profitable title defenses.

Rank # 6: Anderson Silva (82 Factors)

The Spider is a kind of fighters who ought to have retired a very long time in the past however stored going as a result of his love of the game.  Nevertheless, father time has by no means misplaced, and Silva’s rating on the checklist of MMA GOATs is the newest sufferer.  Within the opinion of some, Silva ought to have walked away after shedding consecutively to Chris Weidman in middleweight title bouts in 2013, at the moment his file was 33-6.  If Silva had merely retired at that time, he would have a rating of 97 factors, which might give him the No. 1 rating by a wholesome margin.  Nevertheless, Silva continued to battle, and within the six fights since Weidman, holds a file of 1-4-1.  This stretch of unhealthy outcomes severely diminished Silva’s general variety of factors, however the truth that he’s nonetheless ranked forward of McGregor, Cejudo, Cormier, and Aldo says quite a bit about what he did earlier than father time.  For instance, Silva made ten profitable title defenses in his profession and gained 17 fights in a row earlier than the losses to Weidman.  Lastly, six factors for the 2018 failed drug take a look at of Anderson Silva as a result of it was not his fault; USADA discovered that the Brazilian pharmacy which produced the contaminated dietary supplements didn’t checklist the banned substances on the label, lied to Silva by guaranteeing him that no cross-contamination with banned substances was attainable as a result of their manufacturing processes, and was in the end chargeable for Silva’s failed take a look at.

Rank # 5: Fedor Emelianenko (86 Factors)

The following fighter on the checklist is a heavyweight legend who by no means fought within the UFC however remains to be famend world wide for his fierce knockout energy.  Fedor is likely one of the most recognizable names in all of MMA, and for good cause, the Russian has gained 39 fights, started his profession again in 2000, gained the Delight heavyweight title, and didn’t lose from April 2001 to November 2009.  Now, Fedor fell outdoors the top-four of this checklist as a result of he has misplaced six fights in his profession, three of which got here in consecutive order when Fedor was 33/34 years previous, he solely efficiently defended his title twice, and he did retire for 3 years which took away from his variety of combating years.

Rank # 4: Jon Jones (88 Factors)

As beforehand talked about within the Daniel Cormier rating, most followers of MMA contemplate Jon “Bones” Jones to be the GOAT of the sunshine heavyweight division.  Now, there are a number of explanation why Jones is ranked contained in the top-four together with twelve profitable title defenses, 26 wins, only one loss which was a DQ for an unlawful 12-6 elbow, and notable wins over Cormier, Chael Sonnen, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, and Alexander Gustafsson.  Now, Jon Jones would presently be the No. 1 ranked fighter on this checklist if he had not failed drug exams. He’s extraordinarily fortunate the -6 pts was not per failed drug take a look at, as a result of Jones has failed quite a few instances. In protection of Jon Jones, the latest drug take a look at fails might have extra to do with the stays of the previous medication, than the ingestion of latest ones, however both means, Jones took banned substances and there’s no person accountable however himself.  Nevertheless, Jon Jones may work his means into the top-three; he may go as much as heavyweight and dethrone the present champion, Stipe Miocic, or he can proceed to reign supreme within the mild heavyweight division and enhance the variety of profitable title defenses.  Jon Jones has all of the expertise and talent to be the GOAT of MMA, however he wants to remain clear, hold being lively, cease getting in authorized bother, and hold successful fights.

Rank # 3: Khabib Nurmagomedov (89 Factors)

The present light-weight UFC champion, “The Eagle” is the No. Three ranked fighter on the checklist of MMA GOATs.  There are a number of causes for his excessive rating. Khabib holds an undefeated file of 28 wins and 0 defeats, is champion of one of the proficient UFC weight lessons, has misplaced just one spherical in his profession, and carries high-profile wins over Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Edson Barboza.  The one cause that Khabib shouldn’t be greater on this checklist is the dearth of profitable title defenses. Khabib has solely defended his belt twice in his two years as champion.  Now, the dearth of motion shouldn’t be fully on Khabib, as he was set to face Tony Ferguson on April 18th in a extremely anticipated bout, however the cursed battle was canceled as a result of Covid-19.  Nevertheless, there’s new hope that Khabib will battle in 2020, as Dana White said the plan is for Khabib to battle interim light-weight champion Justin Gaethje in September.  Due to this fact, if Khabib avoids retiring within the close to future, which he has talked about in some interviews, a number of extra title defenses may see The Eagle may doubtlessly go down because the No. 1 MMA GOAT.

Rank # 1B: Demetrious Johnson (92 Factors)

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is the clear GOAT of the flyweight division. The American holds a formidable file of 30-3. He was victorious in 11 straight title defenses of the 125 pound belt which stays the file for the UFC.  Now, Johnson was harm by the truth that he misplaced to Dominick Cruz in his quest to turn into the champion at 135 lbs, and the longest win-streak of his profession was 13 which was pretty common in comparison with the opposite fighters on the checklist.  Nevertheless, Johnson remains to be an lively fighter, as he’s presently competing for ONE Championship, he has already gained his first three fights for the group and isn’t slowing down.  Due to this fact, until the fighter listed as 1A surprises the world of fight sports activities, and returns to combating, Johnson merely must win his upcoming bout in opposition to the present ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes to take sole management of the highest spot on the checklist of MMA GOATs.

Rank # 1A: George St-Pierre (92 Factors)

{Most professional} athletes similar to Anderson Silva stay within the sport well past their expiration date, however GSP was distinctive in that he determined to retire in the course of his prime athletic years.  The reasoning was commendable, GSP was merely burned out, he lacked the fervour to battle, and wished to take pleasure in life outdoors of combating.  Nevertheless, after retiring at UFC 167 following his victory over Johnny Hendricks, St-Pierre would return almost 4 years later to battle the 185 pound champion Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in MSG.  The proficient St-Pierre was in a position to safe a choke submission in opposition to Bisping within the 3rd Spherical to win the battle and his second UFC belt.  The second belt, plus his superb file of 26 wins and simply two losses, plus ten profitable title defenses, plus wins over prime B.J. Penn, Nick Diaz, Matt Hughes, and Josh Koscheck make GSP the No. 1 ranked MMA GOAT on the checklist.  Now, I’d additionally like to clarify why I put GSP as 1A and Would possibly Mouse as 1B, it’s for one easy cause, GSP for my part competed in opposition to extra expert opponents.  As I discussed, GSP beat Hendricks, Diaz, Bisping, Hughes, and Koscheck, whereas one of the best wins for Mighty Mouse are in opposition to Cejudo, Benavidez (2X), John Dodson, and Ray Borg.  Due to this fact, GSP and Mighty Mouse are equally terrific fighters who had been every dominant of their revered divisions, however GSP at 170 confronted extra skillful opponents than Johnson ever did at 125.

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