John McCarthy lays out why Khabib Nurmagomedov is not the GOAT: ‘He did retire too early’

John McCarthy, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dana WhiteJohn McCarthy does not believe Khabib Nurmagomedov is the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. Big John, one of the most reputed MMA officials, agrees with UFC president Dana White that the former lightweight champion can not be called the GOAT. Khabib had a dominant run in the promotion for as long as it […]

John McCarthy, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dana White

John McCarthy does not believe Khabib Nurmagomedov is the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.

Big John, one of the most reputed MMA officials, agrees with UFC president Dana White that the former lightweight champion can not be called the GOAT. Khabib had a dominant run in the promotion for as long as it lasted, maintaining an unblemished record of 29-0 by the time he chose to hang up the gloves.

John McCarthy agrees with Dana White that Khabib is not the GOAT

In an episode of his podcast with Josh Thompson, McCarthy shared his thoughts on the GOAT debate and extended his support for Dana White’s take.

“I don’t disagree with him at all [Dana White claiming Khabib isn’t the MMA GOAT]. I think that he did retire too early. I’ve always said the most dominant fighter I’ve seen in the cage has been Khabib. He dominated great fighters, 10-8 rounds, consistently at times, [but] Jon Jones is the most talented fighter that I’ve seen in the cage,” McCarthy noted (h/t Sportskeeda).

Khabib never appeared to be in any real danger in any of his fights. Jones on the other hand might have had close bouts but also has a ton more experience inside the cage at the highest level.

“Here’s the big difference: Jon Jones has had 15 title fights. How many title fights does Khabib have? That’s a huge difference, and I think that’s what Dana is talking about. I think Jon Jones is [the best ever],” McCarthy added.

Although Khabib retired undefeated, many believe that he stepped away too soon. With 13 bouts and only three title defenses in the organization, it is hard to stack up his resume against someone like Jones, who has more title fights (15) than Khabib’s entire UFC career.

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Exclusive – Stephen Thompson backs Leon Edwards to beat Kamaru Usman: ‘Deep down, I want Leon to win’

Stephen ThompsonProviding his breakdown for this weekend’s undisputed welterweight championship rematch between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards at UFC 278, two-time title chaser, Stephen Thompson claims he hopes Edwards lands divisional gold, however, remains coy on whether or not the Birmingham native can topple Usman. Thompson, who previously twice challenged for undisputed welterweight gold against promotional […]

Stephen Thompson

Providing his breakdown for this weekend’s undisputed welterweight championship rematch between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards at UFC 278, two-time title chaser, Stephen Thompson claims he hopes Edwards lands divisional gold, however, remains coy on whether or not the Birmingham native can topple Usman.

Thompson, who previously twice challenged for undisputed welterweight gold against promotional alum, Tyron Woodley back in 2016 and 2017, first fought to a majority draw against the St. Louis veteran, before suffering a majority decision loss in an immediate title rematch.

The Simpsonville native has yet to be booked for his next Octagon appearance, however, will be tasked to snap a run of back-to-back losses against both Gilbert Burns and the surging, Belal Muhammad next time out.

Boasting a 16-6-1 professional record, striking ace, Thompson had enjoyed a run of impressive victories against both Geoff Neal and Vicente Luque prior to his decision loss against former title challenger, Burns back in July of last year.

Stephen Thompson believes Leon Edwards has evolved more than Kamaru Usman since 2015

Staking his claim for a shot at Usman’s throne given the need for a fresh matchup at welterweight prior to his back-to-back losses, Stephen Thompson broke down this weekend’s headlining title fight between the Auchi native, and Edwards – claiming the latter has made the most improvements since their initial 2015 showdown.

“Well, they’ve faced each other before, but I think Kamaru Usman’s going to back to his old style – wrestling,” Stephen Thompson told LowKick MMA reporter, Mike Owens. “He may throw a little striking out there, but I think the person that has improved the most out of those two is Leon Edwards. Just the fights that he’s had leading up, he’s used his wrestling – his wrestling has improved, a lot. And he’s got the high-level striking on top of it.”

“I think if Usman decides to strike with Leon, it’s a bad day,” Stephen Thompson said. “But I think if Usman can get him to the fence, control him, and use that cardio-based wrestling, I think he still has a chance. But, for me – like on paper, it’s Usman, but deep down, I want my man Leon to win. I want him to win. He’s been through a slew of guys – he should have had the title shot a lot sooner. And I think it’s his time.” 

A victory for Usman in Salt Lake City would come as his sixth successful defense of his throne during a dominant reign at welterweight, while Edwards would avenge his 2015 defeat and extend his impressive unbeaten run to 11 straight fights.

Video – Max Holloway loses consciousness during jet flight: ‘My never been KO’d streak is over’

Max HollowayFormer UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway, has infamously failed to suffer a knockout loss, or even find himself on the receiving end of a knockdown in his promotional tenure, however, the Hawaiian has poked fun at falling unconscious during a trip on a fighter jet earlier this week.  Holloway, both a former interim and undisputed […]

Max Holloway

Former UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway, has infamously failed to suffer a knockout loss, or even find himself on the receiving end of a knockdown in his promotional tenure, however, the Hawaiian has poked fun at falling unconscious during a trip on a fighter jet earlier this week. 

Holloway, both a former interim and undisputed featherweight champion, slumped to his third career defeat against the dominant, Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 276 last month during International Fight Week – bludgeoned en route to a unanimous decision loss. 

The loss snapped a run of two impressive back-to-back victories for Max Holloway over both Calvin Kattar, and then Yair Rodriguez – retaining his number one contender status at 145lbs with his unanimous decision-earning efforts against both.

Poking fun at a recent incident earlier this week, Holloway posted footage of himself taking part in a fighter jet flight – falling unconscious due to what appears to the effects of g-force, claiming his long-standing streak of remaining conscious has come to an end.

“Sadly my “never been KO’d” streak came to an end (laughing face emoji),” Max Holloway tweeted. “I was blessed with the opportunity to fly with Blue Angels. Shout to number 7 pilot, Griffin Stangel and everyone behind the scenes for the unreal experience. This once in a lifetime ride I will never forget. Thank you.” 

Scooping the interim title back in December 2016, Holloway defeated Anthony Pettis, before stopping Jose Aldo in back-to-back fights to unify and then defend the featherweight titles. Scoring a pair of successful title knockbacks, Holloway turned in an all-time great performance against Brian Ortega en route to a doctor’s stoppage win, before defeating former lightweight best, Frankie Edgar in another dominant win. 

Max Holloway has been linked with a slew of opponents in his UFC return

Remaining the number one ranked contender despite his loss to Volkanovski last month, Holloway, who is yet to book his Octagon return, has been linked with potential matchups against the likes of both Josh Emmett, and Arnold Allen, next.

Dana White claims Nate Diaz would secure title shot with UFC 279 win over Khamzat Chimaev

Nate DiazDespite the impending completion of his contractual obligations with the organization, one-time lightweight title challenger, Nate Diaz would likely land himself a shot at welterweight gold should he spring an upset and defeat Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 next month, per UFC president, Dana White. Diaz, who retains just a single fight on his current […]

Nate Diaz

Despite the impending completion of his contractual obligations with the organization, one-time lightweight title challenger, Nate Diaz would likely land himself a shot at welterweight gold should he spring an upset and defeat Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 next month, per UFC president, Dana White.

Diaz, who retains just a single fight on his current UFC contract, is set to complete his obligations with the promotion in September, drawing the undefeated, #3 ranked welterweight contender, Chimaev atop a UFC 279 pay-per-view card in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The outing will come as Stockton veteran, Diaz’s first since June of last year, where he featured in the first five round, non-title, non-main event in promotional history against incoming UFC 278 main event star, Leon Edwards.

Part of a rather precarious relationship with the promotion in the time since as he attempts to exit the UFC following lengthy stay with the organization, Diaz has noted his interest in competing in other sports and disciplines post-UFC run. And has failed to ever concretely express an interest in re-upping with the organization. 

However, as per UFC president, September 10. likely not only comes as a potential title-eliminator for the streaking Chimaev, but for Diaz as well, despite his contract situation.

“I mean, obviously, if Nate (Diaz) beats Khamzat Chiamev, the number three guy in the world, you’d have to look at Nate, too [for a title shot],” Dana White told The Underground reporter, John Morgan. “Everybody’s talking… like that it’s impossible for Nate Diaz to win this fight. Nothing is impossible in fighting. Everything is possible.”

Receiving flak for booking the expected one-sided affair between Chimaev and Diaz, White insists that the latter’s veteran expertise paired with his experience savvy should deter onlookers from picking against him.

“Nate Diaz wanted this fight,” Dana White explained. “It was either this fight or Francis Ngannou. This fight makes a lot more sense than Francis does. But, you know, for everybody to think that a veteran who’s as durable as Nate Diaz can’t win this fight is insane, so anything is possible. … You get out of the first two rounds and the fight gets interesting.” (Transcribed by MMA Mania)

Nate Diaz is tasked with snapping a two-fight skid against Khamzat Chimaev

Without a victory since August 2019, Diaz managed to turn in an impressive unanimous decision win over former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis on that occasion.

Exclusive – Josh Quinlan targets end-of-year UFC return following blistering KO of Jason Witt in San Diego

Josh QuinlanOff the back of spectacular one punch knockout win over Jason Witt last weekend on the preliminary card of UFC San Diego at the Pechanga Arena, promotional newcomer, Josh Quinlan has earmarked his second Octagon appearance for the end of this annum. Quinlan, who had gained much attention after he was flagged by the NSAC […]

Josh Quinlan

Off the back of spectacular one punch knockout win over Jason Witt last weekend on the preliminary card of UFC San Diego at the Pechanga Arena, promotional newcomer, Josh Quinlan has earmarked his second Octagon appearance for the end of this annum.

Quinlan, who had gained much attention after he was flagged by the NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) for a failed drug test after he tested positive for steroid metabolites, saw his first round, opening minute knockout win over Logan Urban on Dana White’s Contender Series back in September of last year, overturned to an official ‘No Contest’.

Making his Octagon bow last weekend on the preliminary card of UFC San Diego ahead of Marlon Vera’s stunning fourth round high kick knockout win over former two-time bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz – Josh Quinlan stole the preliminary card show with a brutal win of his own.

Walking the aforenoted, Witt onto a massive left hook, Quinlan felled his opponent, immediately knocking him unconscious, while earning plaudits for his decision to refrain from raining down with further ground strikes

Speaking with LowKick MMA reporter, James Lynch, Quinlan insisted he was in no rush to land his second Octagon walk, however, laid out a timeline in the region of November or December as likely ideal. 

“You know, maybe – I’m regrouping, I feel great, there’s no injuries, there’s always room for improvement, you know,” Josh Quinlan said. “I don’t wanna rush back in there thinking, I’m coming off a good win, ride the momentum. There’s always room for improvement. I wanna improve my wrestling, I wanna improve my takedown defense, that’s something I’ve been working on. … I enjoy the process of getting better.”

“I would forward to being a new martial artist when I get back in there – I’m not going to rush back in there because, you know, someone’s – just like anything, someone’s gonna figure out the puzzle. Someone’s gonna figure out a good game plan against me that might put me on the other side of it, so. … Yeah, maybe by the end of the year, maybe by November (or) December, or the beginning of next year.” 

Josh Quinlan has yet to go the distance professionally since his 2019 bow

Undefeated in seven professional outings, Josh Quinlan, who thrice competed under the banner of the LFA, Quinlan has secured four knockout wins to go with a further two submission stoppages since beginning his career back in April 2019.

Jorge Masvidal backs Kamaru Usman to retain title at UFC 278, still down to fight Leon Edwards

Jorge Masvidal, Kamaru Usman, Leon EdwardsJorge Masvidal is willing to take on Leon Edwards, even if the latter falls short in his title challenge. Edwards is set to take on the reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in the headlining bout of UFC 278 on Aug. 20 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Usman has proven to be […]

Jorge Masvidal, Kamaru Usman, Leon Edwards

Jorge Masvidal is willing to take on Leon Edwards, even if the latter falls short in his title challenge.

Edwards is set to take on the reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in the headlining bout of UFC 278 on Aug. 20 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Usman has proven to be a dominant champion during his run and goes into the bout undefeated in title contests.

Jorge Masvidal backs Kamaru Usman to retain the title at UFC 278

In an interview with MMA Fighting, Jorge Masvidal shared his thoughts on the upcoming title match at UFC 278.

“I don’t [see Leon Edwards winning] to tell you the truth,” Masvidal said (ht MMA Fighting). “It’s a fight, anything can happen. There’s no 1,000 percent winning for anybody in this sport. I don’t care if you’re undefeated. It’s just a matter of time. I think Usman wins more times than Leon wins if they were to fight five times.”

While he did leave room for Edwards to win, Masvidal broke down why Usman will likely get his hand raised.

“I think [Usman] is a little more complete, and at the end of the day, just the wrestling, it will come down to the wrestling,” Masvidal explained. “On the feet, Leon’s a little bit more polished, maybe a little bit more variety with setups or attacks, but Usman’s wrestling, I think he’ll keep Leon honest to where he won’t open up as he would with a lot of guys. I see Usman winning.”

Masvidal is still down to fight Leon Edwards

Masvidal and Edwards have a long-running beef stemming from the former’s assault on the latter back in 2019. Masvidal is open to fighting Edwards even if he loses out on the title.

“I think naturally I’m faster than him,” Masvidal said. “I know I’m smarter than him. I have more power. We’ve fought a lot of common opponents and he couldn’t do anything to them but give them a split decision. I put those same guys on stretchers.

“I do worry well with the strikers as everybody knows. It’s like those wrestlers, those guys who have wrestled since they were 7 years old. They can take me out of my comfort zone, put me on my back and not allow me to use all my tools where I have some problems. Leon’s not that guy. He doesn’t have that next level wrestling or endurance. I know he takes a lot of guys down, but the caliber of takedowns and the opponents that he does it to, it’s not me so I don’t see his grappling being a problem for a me. The striking, I welcome it. Let’s find out. Let’s go.”

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