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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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