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Conor McGregor is the second greatest MMA fighter of all time... according to Conor McGregor

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The UFC superstar and former ‘double champ’ put together his own list of MMA’s GOATs, ranking himself just ahead of GSP and Jon Jones.

McGregor v Cerrone Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

The recent release of The Last Dance, Netflix’s docu-mini series on NBA super star Michael Jordan and his final season with the Chicago Bulls has provided a perfect platform to reignite the longstanding water cooler debate of all sports fans: who is the greatest of all time.

Baseball has Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds. For hockey, there’s Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Bobby Orr. Michael Jordan battles for his claim alongside Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and LeBron James among many others.

For a sport as young as MMA, though, the pantheon of all-time legends is much less settled. Georges St-Pierre just got his UFC Hall of Fame spot, and Anderson Silva & Jon Jones seem like shoo-ins, even if both men come with a potential asterisk. Conor McGregor is unquestionably the most popular star MMA has ever seen. And recently, the former two-division champion took to social media to put together his own MMA Mount Rushmore—one that, unsurprisingly, features him in prominent position.

McGregor did add a bit of a footnote on his feelings about potential PED use and drug test failures, something that has plagued both Jones’ & Silva’s recent careers. With those things in consideration, he feels there’s no other option than to place himself as MMA’s unquestioned GOAT.

Some fans may be wondering, however, ‘What about Demetrious Johnson?’ ‘What about Khabib Nurmagomedov?’ ‘Mighty Mouse’ holds claim to the longest string of consecutive title defenses in UFC history. But, to McGregor’s way of thinking, the depth simply isn’t there.

And as for Nurmagomedov—the man who dominated McGregor to a 4th round submission win back in 2018? Apparently, the ‘Eagle’ has a lot more work to do if he wants a spot on this list.

It’s all subjective, clearly, but it’d be nice to see a little love thrown Fedor Emelianenko’s way. After all, back in the early 2000s, he seemed like MMA’s unquestioned greatest of all time—even if he’s picked up a few losses in the decade since.