Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), recently snubbed Conor McGregor, the former two-division champion, and named Jon Jones as his greatest of all time (GOAT).
White’s comments came during an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, where he was asked to name his GOAT. White responded by saying, “Jon Jones. I mean, he’s the greatest of all time. He’s the most talented guy we’ve ever seen in this sport. He’s the most accomplished guy we’ve ever seen in this sport.”
McGregor, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest fighters in UFC history, was noticeably absent from White’s list. McGregor has held two UFC titles in two different weight classes, and is the only fighter to ever do so. He is also the first fighter to hold two titles simultaneously, and is the only fighter to ever win three UFC titles.
White’s snub of McGregor is surprising, considering the two have had a close relationship in the past. White has been a vocal supporter of McGregor, and has often praised him for his accomplishments in the sport.
White’s decision to name Jones as his GOAT is also surprising, considering Jones has had a tumultuous career in the UFC. Jones has been suspended multiple times for failed drug tests, and has been involved in several controversial incidents outside of the octagon.
Despite these issues, Jones has still managed to be one of the most successful fighters in UFC history. He is the current light heavyweight champion, and has held the title for a record eight consecutive defenses. He is also the only fighter to ever win a title in three different weight classes.
White’s decision to name Jones as his GOAT is sure to spark debate among fans and pundits alike. While Jones is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters in UFC history, there are many who believe McGregor deserves the title of GOAT.
Only time will tell if White’s decision to snub McGregor and name Jones as his GOAT will be remembered as a wise decision or a mistake.