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Nunes Believes She’s Already MMA’s GOAT

Amanda Nunes just became the greatest female fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA) history with a 51-second knockout of the seemingly unbeatable featherweight champion Cris Cyborg last month at UFC 232.

As a result of her massive victory over Cyborg, who was widely considered the best women’s fighter of all time, Nunes, who also holds the UFC women’s bantamweight title, now enters 2019 as a double champ. That status can only be shared with the likes of Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier.

Nunes’ recent dominance over the 135-pound division, which includes finishes over former champions Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, accompanied with her destruction of Cyborg at UFC 232, make it almost impossible not to consider her the best female fighter ever. Just ask the double champ herself.

“I’m 100 percent sure,” Nunes told TMZ Sports (shown above). “I think everybody says that. Everybody. It’s not even a question anymore. This is my answer: yes, yes, yes, I am.”

With that box checked off, it may be time to consider Nunes one of the best fighters of all time, both male or female. The list is obviously deep with legendary champions like Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Fedor Emelianenko, and the aforementioned Cormier, but “Lioness” is quickly creeping into the discussion.

Nunes, who defeated Cyborg, Rousey, and Tate in a combined 295 seconds, believes she’s already there.

“Yeah, definitely,” proclaimed Nunes when asked if she’s the best fighter ever, male or female. “I just beat the most dominant woman on the planet. I just beat the girl, all these female fighters are scared, I just beat that girl everybody thought nobody was ever going to beat again. Ever. She only loses one time in her life and one time after that she never loses for 13 years. I think it was 13 years. I take that fight and it’s only 51 seconds. That is amazing. I’m supposed to be considered everything. The best fighter, the best whatever. I’m supposed to be the No. 1.”

Is she right? Has Nunes done enough to be mentioned alongside the greatest male fighters in MMA history?

Sound off, Maniacs!

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Forget About GOAT, Jones Wants To Be A ‘Bad Motherf*cker’

Jon Jones is already considered one of the best fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. Despite his unpredictable layoffs and legal troubles outside of the cage, “Bones” remains arguably the most gifted martial artist to ever step foot inside of the Octagon.

Next weekend at UFC 232 in Las Vegas, Jones will make his return to the sport against rival Alexander Gustafsson and try to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title that he never actually lost in competition. A victory for Jones would put him back on the 205-pound throne and cap off a true MMA comeback story.

But despite all of his accolades and accomplishments inside of the Octagon, the only thing that matters to Jones is being remembered as a “bad motherf*cker.” Going down as the GOAT would be nice, but “Bones” believes that discussion is driven but popularity, not necessarily the overall resume of a fighter.

“No, I don’t think being considered the best — I don’t think one fight makes you, one fight doesn’t make my career. It’s the journey, it’s not about one fight,” replied Jones during Thursday’s UFC 232 media call (replay here) when asked his thoughts on the being considered the greatest fighter of all-time.

“I feel like there will always be a debate about who is the best, whoever is the best is whoever is hot at the current moment. I feel like MMA fans are very quick to forget a lot of peoples’ accomplishments.”

Jones, who is guaranteed to land on MMA’s Mount Rushmore when it’s all said and done, pointed to other combat greats to help support his claim.

“For example, Anderson Silva is not even considered to be in the conversation anymore as the GOAT, which is a shame because he’s done so much for our sport. Jose Aldo, these guys have been kicking ass for years, they’ve done so much for our sport and then one defeat, and now they’re not the best any more,” he said.

“I understand that the conversation will always just be an opinion and I’ve just got to focus on the things that I can control, which is preparing myself the best that I can for each fight and making sure my hand is raised at the end of the day.”

So if Jones isn’t fighting to be considered the “GOAT,” what is the New York native hoping to accomplish? Like most fighters competing in the game today, “Bones” simply wants to be remembered as a fighter who put it all on the line and absolutely demolished the competition (which he has to this point in his career).

“What is my legacy? What would I want it to be? Let’s see here, just being a bad motherf*cker at the end of the day. Just a bad dude, man. Am I perfect? No. Am I a Christian who swears? Yes. Do I love God? Yes. Do I love my family? Yes. Am I bad motherf*cker in that ring? Yes,” Jones said.

“That’s it, man. One thing I’m realizing is, being the champion, you don’t have to wear a suit everyday, you don’t have to be politically correct and have all the kids look up to you and say that you’re such an angel. Who said that’s what a champion has to be?”

UFC 232 will take place on Dec. 29 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and be headlined by the highly-anticipated Jones vs. Gustafsson rematch.

For complete UFC 232 fight card news click here.

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Forget About GOAT, Jones Wants To Be A ‘Bad Motherf*cker’

Jon Jones is already considered one of the best fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. Despite his unpredictable layoffs and legal troubles outside of the cage, “Bones” remains arguably the most gifted martial artist to ever step foot inside of the Octagon.

Next weekend at UFC 232 in Las Vegas, Jones will make his return to the sport against rival Alexander Gustafsson and try to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title that he never actually lost in competition. A victory for Jones would put him back on the 205-pound throne and cap off a true MMA comeback story.

But despite all of his accolades and accomplishments inside of the Octagon, the only thing that matters to Jones is being remembered as a “bad motherf*cker.” Going down as the GOAT would be nice, but “Bones” believes that discussion is driven but popularity, not necessarily the overall resume of a fighter.

“No, I don’t think being considered the best — I don’t think one fight makes you, one fight doesn’t make my career. It’s the journey, it’s not about one fight,” replied Jones during Thursday’s UFC 232 media call (replay here) when asked his thoughts on the being considered the greatest fighter of all-time.

“I feel like there will always be a debate about who is the best, whoever is the best is whoever is hot at the current moment. I feel like MMA fans are very quick to forget a lot of peoples’ accomplishments.”

Jones, who is guaranteed to land on MMA’s Mount Rushmore when it’s all said and done, pointed to other combat greats to help support his claim.

“For example, Anderson Silva is not even considered to be in the conversation anymore as the GOAT, which is a shame because he’s done so much for our sport. Jose Aldo, these guys have been kicking ass for years, they’ve done so much for our sport and then one defeat, and now they’re not the best any more,” he said.

“I understand that the conversation will always just be an opinion and I’ve just got to focus on the things that I can control, which is preparing myself the best that I can for each fight and making sure my hand is raised at the end of the day.”

So if Jones isn’t fighting to be considered the “GOAT,” what is the New York native hoping to accomplish? Like most fighters competing in the game today, “Bones” simply wants to be remembered as a fighter who put it all on the line and absolutely demolished the competition (which he has to this point in his career).

“What is my legacy? What would I want it to be? Let’s see here, just being a bad motherf*cker at the end of the day. Just a bad dude, man. Am I perfect? No. Am I a Christian who swears? Yes. Do I love God? Yes. Do I love my family? Yes. Am I bad motherf*cker in that ring? Yes,” Jones said.

“That’s it, man. One thing I’m realizing is, being the champion, you don’t have to wear a suit everyday, you don’t have to be politically correct and have all the kids look up to you and say that you’re such an angel. Who said that’s what a champion has to be?”

UFC 232 will take place on Dec. 29 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and be headlined by the highly-anticipated Jones vs. Gustafsson rematch.

For complete UFC 232 fight card news click here.

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McGregor To Holloway: I’m The Real Featherweight GOAT

Max Holloway’s impressive win over Brian Ortega at UFC 231 has many fans calling him the best featherweight ever. And with 13 UFC wins in a row – two of those TKOs of fellow FW GOAT contender Jose Aldo – you could certainly argue the case. But Holloway still places himself behind Aldo, whose six year reign atop the WEC and UFC 145 pound division saw him successfully defend the featherweight title a whopping nine times.

Then there’s Dillon Danis, who wants to make sure you don’t forget his BFF Conor McGregor when talking about legendary featherweights.

Yes, McGregor does hold a win over Max Holloway: a dominating 2013 decision that saw “Notorious” blank “Blessed” on the scorecards 30-27, 30-27, 30-26. On the plus side, Max holds the distinction of being the first opponent Conor beat that survived until the final bell.

And really, how relevant is that loss in the current scheme of things? The Holloway we saw at UFC 231 is clearly light years ahead of the Holloway McGregor faced five years ago. Max hasn’t lost a fight since, and has developed into a volume striker so prodigious that he just broke the record for most significant strikes landed in UFC history (1627). His fight with Ortega pushed him past Frankie Edgar (1463) and former record holder Michael Bisping (1567), who built his numbers up over 11 years and 29 fights. Meanwhile, Holloway got there with 19 fights in 6 years … and he’s only 27 years old!

You don’t need statistics to prove Holloway is the real deal. Anyone who has watched him over his past four title fights can see his Power Level is 10,000 and rising. But is he greater than Conor McGregor? Unsurprisingly, Conor McGregor doesn’t think so.

Here’s what the former featherweight champ had to say about Max’s UFC 231 performance:

Here’s a crazy thought: why not run it back? McGregor’s claim to the title of world’s greatest 145er is tenuous at best because he didn’t stick around and defend the belt. But putting the stamp on Prime Holloway would re-establish McGregor as de facto king of the featherweights. An absentee king, for sure … but one who just proved he’s capable of returning at any time to crush whatever pretender he finds on his throne.

It’d be a wild fight for sure, but who knows what kind of head space McGregor is in these days? What kind of opponent would he need to scratch that competitive itch? Holloway seems to tick more boxes than Dustin Poirier, Dana White’s recent pick for the Red Panty Night sweepstakes. Max is a champion, and he fights like a warrior poet. He’ll take any fight the UFC offers him, be it an immediate rematch against Jose Aldo or a last minute lightweight fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. He’s got swagger. He’s got charisma. He’s got Hawaii behind him (and apparently Canada, too). And he’s got Conor’s belt. What more could you want?

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Plans on Earning ‘GOAT’ Status at UFC 231, Returning to Strawweight in 2019

Joanna Jedrzejczyk plans on leaving UFC 231 as flyweight champion, a victory that in her mind will cement her status as the top female fighter in mixed martial arts history.
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EA Sports UFC 3 new trailer featuring GOAT Career Mode

EA Sports is inching closer to its release of EA Sports UFC 3, the latest installment in the mixed martial arts (MMA) video game franchise, expected for Feb. 2, 2018, on Xbox ONE and PlayStation 4 home consoles.

The latest trailer focuses on G.O.A.T. Career Mode, which — almost comically — has players jeopardizing their longterm combat sports careers by making poor choices when they’re not inside the cage fighting.

Sound familiar?

For the first time in EA SPORTS UFC, the choices you make outside of the Octagon impact your path to greatness inside of the Octagon. Between each bout, make promotional choices that help you gain fans, build hype for your next fight, and earn more lucrative contracts from the UFC. How you promote outside of the Octagon matters just as much as how you perform inside of it if you want to become the greatest of all time.

I really hope we get a Jon Jones Easter egg.

Fans will also be able to play multiple modes including Fight Now, Online Quick Fight, Practice Mode and UFC Ultimate Team. As with every successive release, the promise of better graphics, more realistic gameplay, and smoother controls are advertised reasons to upgrade.

Pre-ordering the Champions Edition gets you access to the full game three days earlier, as well as the option to choose one of the following: former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson or UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

For much more on EA Sports UFC 3 click here.

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Video: Dana White breaks down UFC 188, not ready to crown Fabricio Werdum GOAT

Dive in to hear why the UFC president isn’t so quick to label “Vai Cavalo” the greatest heavyweight of all time following his upset win over Cain Velasquez and much more.

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UFC 182 results: Jon Jones will surpass Anderson Silva, become GOAT in 2015

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones has set his sights on becoming the most decorated combatant to ever step foot inside the Octagon.

Even better than former UFC champions Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva.

Following his dominant victory over the previously undefeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 last Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada (highlights here), Jones told the MMA media at the post-fight press conference that he believes he can attain his lofty aspirations of becoming the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.).

As early as this year.

“My plan is to be the greatest fighter of all time. It’s so feasible. It’s so attainable. All I have to do is to stay focused, keep believing, and keep working. I do believe 2015 will be the year I solidify it. Anderson is the guy I’ve been looking up to since I was 18, 19 years old. I’ve studied his fights, and I really want to model my career after him. Anderson has won so many world titles and you can’t discredit what he’s done. That being said, with all due respect, I believe I’ve had the toughest resume in the history of the sport. I’ve fought so many tremendous athletes. I will put Georges and Anderson above me, and that will keep me honest. It will keep me determined and driven. I’ll keep that as my psychology until it can’t be argued anymore. 2015 will be my best year.”

It is not often you hear an elite athlete speak so frankly on where they stand in the history of their sport, but “Bones” has earned the right to discuss his place among the Mount Olympus of mixed martial arts (MMA).

When discussing the GOAT in MMA, many will still name Silva — the former longtime middleweight champion — as the greatest fighter to ever grace the Octagon. And still others will peg former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre as the top dog.

Jones himself regards those two men as the best ever, but he believes his 2015 fight campaign will soon push him past both fighters.

That said, he may have already superseded both Silva and St. Pierre, thanks to his astounding career accomplishments during his dominant reign atop the 205-pound division. “Bones” has a more impressive list of victims, defeating the likes of Daniel Cormier, Glover Teixeira, Alexander Gustafsson, and more.

He has also defeated likely future Hall of Famers in devastating fashion, finishing Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, Rampage Jackson, and Shogun Rua, while also earning a dominant unanimous decision victory over former champion Rashad Evans.

While Silva and St-Pierre have certainly accomplished outstanding feats during their UFC careers, the opposition they have faced does not hold weight when compared with the UFC light heavyweight champion.

The only blemish on Jones’ MMA record is a disqualification loss to Matt Hamill back in 2009 in a fight he was well on his way to winning. In comparison, both St-Pierre and Silva have been finished in their careers.

If Jones had not earned the DQ against Hamill, his victory over Cormier last evening would have tied him with Anderson Silva for most consecutive victories in UFC history at 16.

Although Jones may not be ready to crown himself as the GOAT just yet, it is becoming hard to argue otherwise.

For complete UFC 182 results and coverage of all the night’s action click here.

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