Who’s the greatest UFC fighter ever?? It’s one of the most hotly contested debates amongst MMA fans, and now Dana White‘s weighing in!
Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jon Jones are the names most often thrown out there (there’s also Demetrious Johnson, Amanda Nunes, and a few others) … and each one can surely stake their claim as the best.
But, with Jones about to return to the Octagon (first time in 1,121 days) against a bonafide beast in Ciryl Gane (11-1 pro record), and going up to heavyweight from the light heavyweight division which he dominated for a decade, Dana told Babcock on the TMZ Sports TV show (airs weekdays on FS1) earlier in the week that Bones is one win away from being the 🐐.
“There will be no arguments over who the G.O.A.T. is if he beats Ciryl Gane on Saturday,” White said.
As for the other fighters … they’re all inactive in the UFC.
Silva is the former middleweight champion. He defeated everyone from Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin and so many more. He held the UFC title for longer than anyone in the history of the promotion … 2,457 days, defending his belt successfully 10 times.
GSP, a former 2x welterweight and 1x middleweight champ, had a professional record of 26-2, only losing to Matt Serra (2007) and Matt Hughes (2004). St-Pierre beat the likes of Michael Bisping, Johnny Hendricks, Nick Diaz, Jake Shields, Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy, B.J. Penn and just about every other fighter of his generation.
Khabib is the only of the fighters in the G.O.A.T. conversation to go undefeated, retiring with a 29-0 record. Nurmagomedov defeated Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, Edson Barboza, Michael Johnson, Rafael dos Anjos and Conor McGregor.
There’s much more with Dana … we talked to the UFC honcho about everything from Valentina Shevchenko‘s resume, to 3x NCAA wrestling champ Bo Nickal‘s UFC debut.
We also talked to Shevchenko and her opponent, title challenger Alexa Grasso … about their co-main event scrap. 29-year-old Grasso is a big underdog, and while not many people believe she can win, she does … and she explains why.