UFC commentator Joe Rogan: “Conor McGregor is the greatest 145-pounder of all time”
With the victory, Holloway became the second person to finish Aldo after Conor McGregor did so with 13-second knockout when they faced off in 2015, at UFC 194. But, as we all know, ‘Notorious’ did not defend the title and has not fought at featherweight since.
Therefore, the argument for who the greatest featherweight of all time continues. Longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan recently weighed in on the subject, and in his mind, it all comes down to individual performances. Rogan firmly believes McGregor has earned his spot on the list.
“I’ve got say Conor [McGregor] is the greatest 145-pounder of all time, ’cause he knocked out Aldo, who was clearly the greatest. But in terms of who’s got more victories, of course it’s Aldo. The problem is, we’re not doing MMA math here; you’re having two guys actually fight each other. So if you said, ‘Who is the greatest of all time? Well it would have to be Aldo, because he beat all these guys’ — no, no, no, because the two of them fought and Conor merked him. So you’ve got to give it to him… Otherwise, there’s no other metric. There’s no other metric other than a knockout.”
Rogan clearly gets why some people disagree with the notion that McGregor deserves that distinction. Of course, because while he may have knocked the Brazilian legend out, he never stuck around long enough to defend his title.
To expand on that thought, McGregor might possibly never return to the division. For he is currently the UFC lightweight champion, and entrenched in the pursuit of a huge payday for a boxing super fight against Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather later this year (a tale we’ve all likely come to know by now).
“People will fight against it: ‘No, because Aldo was the champion for so many years.’ You’re 100 % right. His body of work is much more impressive. And there’s always going to be an asterisk next to Conor, because that was just this one time he fought for the title at 145 [pounds]. KO’d Aldo and was like, ‘Ya’ll be cool. I’m out of here.'”
When it’s all said and done, Rogan thinks it all comes down to the fight itself; and that when the Irishman stepped into the Octagon with Aldo — bearing in mind that he had not been defeated in ten years — he left no questions as to who was the better fighter.
“He’s the best ever. You have to say he’s the best ever, even if he never fights featherweight again. Why? Because he KO’d the best ever,” Rogan argued. “The reality is, Aldo‘s the best ever but Conor KO’d him. You couldn’t say without the Aldo fight that Conor was the best ever. Because if you look at all the different people that both of them fought, you’re like, ‘Wow, it’s really close, it’s really interesting, Aldo has more fights.'”