UFC: On an edition of this Joe Rogan Experience (JRE), prominent combat sports character, actor, celebrity, and UFC color commentator/interviewer Joe Rogan has weighed in on the continuing MMA GOAT debate.
Khabib Nurmagomedov scored an incredibly dominant entry win against Justin Gaethje in UFC 254 in October of the year. The success saw Nurmagomedov become the undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion and also take his MMA record to 29-0.
The Eagle then announced his retirement from the sport, following which, the MMA world has been abuzz with discussions and disagreements regarding who deserves the honor of being called since the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).
The MMA world has primarily been divided into two main groups in this debate. On one hand, many consider that Khabib Nurmagomedov has completed more than sufficient to warrant the MMA GOAT title.
On the other side, some indicate that former UFC Light Heavyweight kingpin, Jon Jones is MMA’s true GOAT.
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Jon Jones is the “GOAT”- Joe Rogan
In conversation with Luke Thomas on a recent variant of this Joe Rogan Expertise (JRE), Joe Rogan addressed the MMA GOAT debate and stated that Jon Jones is your fighter that deserves the name. He said:
“I think that is the argument, right, like who is the GOAT? I think if you look at Jon Jones’ early career right: Jon Jones wins the (UFC light heavyweight) title in 2011 and from then on has fought more fights as championship fights than he has other fights. So, he’s the most accomplished for sure.”
“(Jon Jones) wins the title; earliest, youngest guy to ever win the title in the UFC; beats Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua who’s a legend. And then the way he (Jones) dominates all these other fighters. Up until you to get to Alexander Gustafsson, you could make the argument that he had a similar career (to Khabib Nurmagomedov).”
“If you look at what he did, Jon didn’t lose any rounds. Jon was smashing people. Look what he did to Rashad Evans. Look what he did to ‘Rampage’ Jackson. Look what he did to Lyoto Machida. Look what he did to everybody. Everybody he fought, up until the Gustafsson fight.”
“But the Gustafsson fight, then you have to say – Well, how much slack do you give him (Jones) for admittedly not training? Because it was a really close fight – He pulls it out in the championship round even though he’s out of shape, even though…You talk to Greg Jackson (one of Jon Jones’ main trainers), he didn’t train for that fight.”
What’s more, Joe Rogan directed a significant amount of praise towards Jon Jones for beating Daniel Cormier in their first battle as well as knocking out him of their rematch. Nevertheless, Joe Rogan reiterated that Jon Jones is indeed the MMA GOAT.