Uh oh…there are a lot of fans disagreeing with Joe Rogan right now…
Claiming the undisputed featherweight crown at UFC 212, Max Holloway handed Jose Aldo a merciless beating. Having spent years at the top of the division, many feel the time is now right for Aldo to move on.
Perhaps not retirement, but maybe a jump up in weight class to 155 for the Brazilian. Although he’s now been knocked out twice in 18 months, plenty of fans agree Aldo is the best ever for his WEC and UFC reign.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan has a different opinion of ‘Scarface,’ though.
Speaking during his most recent ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast episode, the UFC commentator had some interesting comments. Via LowKick, Rogan says that McGregor, not Aldo, is the greatest featherweight fighter, period:
“I’ve got to say Conor is the greatest 145-pounder of all time cause he knocked out Aldo, who was clearly the greatest. 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.”
“Conor KO’d Him”
“People will fight against it; ‘No, because Aldo was the champion for so many years’. You’re one hundred 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, KO’d Aldo and was like, ‘ya’ll be cool. I’m out of here.’”
“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. 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.”
Feeling like there’s a certain amount of MMA math being used here? You are not alone, but does it make sense? If this is indeed the case, then Matt Serra was, albeit for a short time, the best welterweight ever after he KO’d Georges St-Pierre.
Also, was Nate Diaz the best featherweight ever after UFC 196, or is Joe Rogan simply continuing with what many feel is an anti-Aldo mindset? You be the judge.