Who's the GOAT?
By Judd Samuels
After UFC 254, there was a lot of chatter on twitter about the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T), and the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. These two titles are often mixed up; fans and journalists tend to use them in the same way, but, in truth, they are actually very different.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, during his retirement speech, asked to be named the #1 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet and after doing this, the UFC world jumped at the opportunity, raving about how Khabib is the GOAT.
This is simply not true. This is not true because there is a man by the name of Jon Jones.
Jon Jones is undoubtedly the GOAT; He hopped on social media to rant about how he was being disrespected by the MMA community. To a lot of people, this seemed immature and shameful.
Everyone said "give Khabib his moment." Khabib got his moment, his moment was defending his title and being named the number 1 p4p king, but his moment should have never been being given the title of the GOAT.
Dana White said it best, Jon Jones is the GOAT, but Khabib is the p4p king as of right now. You see, the difference is that the pound for pound title means that at this moment you are the best in the world, which no one is questioning that Khabib is just that. But he is definitely not the greatest of all time, he only defended his belt 3 times, while Jones is the youngest champion in UFC history and has wiped out 3 generations of light heavyweights. The reason Jon Jones is not the p4p king right now is because he's had a disappointing last 3 fights, which he won, but were very close.
From now on I want MMA fans to understand that there is a huge difference between the Greatest of all time title and the pound for pound title. One is for the time being, and one is for all time, and that distinction must be noted by everyone, or else Jon "Bones" Jones might commit his next hit and run on one of us.