Last night’s featherweight title fight at UFC 212 saw a discussion on the division’s greatest fighter among Joe Rogan and his fight companions.
Saturday’s showdown between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway had more than a UFC championship at stake. Aldo’s decade of dominance along with Holloway’s ten fight win streak against the very best at the tender age of 25 heralded either the crowning of an all time great or the passing of the torch to the company’s next superstar.
The dozens of victories between them at 145lbs. saw their bout as the deciding factor in which man could lay claim to featherweight supremacy. However, the spectre of Conor McGregor hangs over this particular conversation.
Though the Irishman did not defend the belt he won in 2015 and was subsequently forced to relinquish, he did decisively defeat both Max Holloway and Jose Aldo en route to the title.
The question of whether sustained dominance or head-to-head victory dictated who was the greatest steered the discussion on Joe Rogan’s Fight Companion podcast during UFC 212.
“I gotta say, Conor’s the greatest 145 pounder of all time because he knocked out Aldo. But in terms of who’s got more victories, of course it’s Aldo”, Rogan stated.
“Because the two of them fought, and Conor merked him, so you have to give to him, otherwise there’s no other metric, other than a knockout. He’s the best ever even if he doesn’t fight at featherweight ever again. Why? Because he KO’ed the best ever.”
Of course, the discussion took place prior to last night’s main event, which saw Max Holloway stop Jose Aldo in the third round to become the undisputed champion, inserting his name into contention in the process.