Recently, UFC superstar Conor McGregor started his own “GOAT Thread,” in which he listed several elite mixed martial artists from the UFC. While many fans agree that Demetrious Johnson is the greatest of all time, he didn’t even make it to McGregor’s top 4, and here’s why!
Several hours ago, McGregor sent the MMA fans on Twitter in a frenzy. “The Notorious” disclosed his list of the Greatest Fighters of All Time.
While Anderson Silva topped the list, McGregor placed himself second to Silva. He later clarified that Silva is at the top because of the number of finishes in his career. Jon Jones placed at #3, followed by Georges St-Pierre at #4.
One question that bothered most fans was “Where does Demetrious Johnson fit into all of this?”
Conor McGregor comments on Demetrious Johnson’s career
When a Twitter user named Eoin O’Leary called McGregor’s list “nonsense,” he was quick to respond to Leary. The Irishman said:
Love Mighty Mouse. Always give him credit. One of the most skilled! But in a limited competition division, he eventually left the top tier organisation after losing a match that was then 1-1. Plus he lost his up weight world title attempt against Dominic Cruz.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 23, 2020
Although Johnson is one of the most skilled mixed martial artists in the world, McGregor said that he competed in a division where there was limited competition.
But is it true?
Henry Cejudo, one of the greatest combat sports athletes of all time, started from the flyweight division. Besides him, there are other top talents like Joseph Benavidez—who beat Cejudo—and then you have Deiveson Figueiredo who defeated Benavidez.
Critics may call it MMA Math but one cannot disagree that the lower weight classes have some of the most talented athletes. As far as DJ’s legacy is concerned, he did lose to Dominick Cruz years ago, in a different weight class.
His loss to Cejudo was a razor-thin decision that could have gone either way. Some analysts believe that DJ might have won that bout.
Apart from that Demetrious broke Anderson Silva’s record for the most title defenses. Additionally, he also won the ONE Championship Flyweight Grand-Prix. It is worth noting that flyweight is 135 lbs—bantamweight in the UFC—in ONE FC.
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MMA & Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports