‘Am I Not the GOAT?’- Conor McGregor Asks a Powerful Question on Jose Aldo’s Legacy

Published 01/03/2021, 12:24 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Conor McGregor of Ireland crouches in his corner while staring down Jose Aldo of Brazil before their featherweight championship bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor has recently posed some serious questions about the so-called GOAT debate. ‘The Notorious One’ has been one of the most successful fighters in the history of the promotion. His achievements inside the Octagon are not something to sleep on.

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However, he feels he doesn’t get the deserved recognition for that. On the other hand, his former opponent Jose Aldo gets much more recognition from the fans in the case of the greatest of all-time debate.

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Aldo has had a tremendous career, no doubt. He has been the UFC’s first featherweight kingpin. He joined the promotion as the WEC featherweight champion and made 7 title defenses before dropping the belt to McGregor at UFC 194. Aldo has faced some elite competition throughout his career and has defeated most of them.

But when the Brazilian faced the Irishman at UFC 194, it took only 13 seconds for McGregor to knockout the pound-for-pound king back then. It was an astonishing performance by ‘Mystic Mac’.

McGregor subsequently moved up a weight class and fought Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight gold at UFC 205. Once again, he put on a masterclass knocking out Alvarez inside two rounds. It was a magical performance by him as he put on a striking clinic on display.

Conor McGregor holds win in 3 different weight classes in the UFC

McGregor’s featherweight accolades are his most celebrated achievements in the UFC. Besides that, he defeated Eddie Alvarez to capture the lightweight gold. It has been his only win at the 155 lbs division in the UFC. He has also defeated Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone at the welterweight division of the UFC.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor (L) punches Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

He has knockout wins in all 3 of the divisions he has fought in. It’s hard to argue those tremendous achievements on his part. But sometimes, he doesn’t get the deserved recognition from the fans. It can probably be accredited to his outspoken personality.

McGregor returns at UFC 257 against Dustin Poirier in a lightweight bout. The Irishman seems determined to earn another crack at the lightweight gold. But he needs to get past Poirier for that.

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Is Conor McGregor right to question Jose Aldo’s legacy? Should ‘The Notorious’ be considered as the GOAT? Let us know in the comments section.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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