Joe Rogan explains why McGregor is the greatest featherweight of all time
The featherweight division crowned a new champion on Saturday night when Max Holloway defeated Jose Aldo with a third round TKO. Holloway was the second person to finish Aldo after Conor McGregor put him to sleep with a one punch KO when they fought back in 2015, but the Irishman never stuck around to defend the title and hasn’t fought at featherweight since then.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan says it all comes down to performances and in this case McGregor has earned his spot atop the list.
“I’ve got say Conor [McGregor] is the greatest 145-pounder of all time cause he knocked out Aldo, who was clearly the greatest,” Rogan explained on his podcast during UFC 212. “But in terms of who’s got more victories of course it’s Aldo. The problem is — we’re not doing MMA math here — you’re having two guys actually fight each other. So if you said who is the greatest of all time? Well it would have to be Aldo because he beat all these guys — no, no no, because the two of them fought and Conor merked him. So you’ve to give it to him.
“Otherwise there’s no other metric. There’s no other metric other than a knockout.”
„People will fight against it ‘no because Aldo was the champion for so many years’. You’re 100-percent right. His body of work is much more impressive and there’s always going to be an asterisk next to Conor because that was just this one time he fought for the title at 145 [pounds], KO’d Aldo and was like ya’ll be cool. I’m out of here,” Rogan said.
“He’s the best ever. You have to say he’s the best ever even if he never fights featherweight again. Why? Because he KO’d the best ever,” Rogan argued. “The reality is Aldo’s the best ever but Conor KO’d him. You couldn’t say without the Aldo fight that Conor was the best ever. Because if you look at all the different people that both of them fought, you’re like wow it’s really close, it’s really interesting, Aldo has more fights.“
“But once they actually fight, that’s it. That’s all that matters. It’s not MMA math. So you’ve got to give it to him“