Conor McGregor UFC's Most Overrated Champion

Conor McGregor: UFC’s Most Overrated Champion

  • Anderson Silva
  • Connor McGregor
  • Demetrious Johnson
  • Floyd Mayweather
  • George St. Pierre
  • Jon Jones
  • MMA
  • UFC
  • UFC Lightweight Championship
By Benjamin Saxton June 30, 2020 0 Comment

Conor McGregor is one of the greatest fighters, despite being one of the worst champions in UFC history.

No one has been more captivating in the world of mixed martial arts than Conor McGregor. Conor holds four of the five highest-grossing pay per views of all time. He elevated the UFC to a level that only a few thought possible 20 years ago.

There have been great champions before him such as George St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, Demetrious Johnson and Jon Jones (Current light heavyweight champion) (UFC). There will be others after him as well. The Notorious One rose to the top in such an amazing fashion and yet is arguably UFC’s most overrated champion of all time.

Connor McGregor is UFC’s greatest promoter of all-time

What makes Conor McGregor so brilliant is that he realized he could promote fights better than anyone else could. His ability to talk trash to his opponents, tell them what he was going to do and still finish them is legendary. He changed the UFC to what we know it as today.

Once Conor became the UFC Featherweight Champion he turned his sights to big money fights. Conor found a cheat code to the UFC, and the industry. Conor McGregor is one of the most popular fighters on the planet and one of the most popular people on the planet. As a result, money was a much bigger priority than any UFC belt.

What most people don’t realize is that among his 12 UFC fights, he has never defended his championship belt.

In his UFC career, he’s had the UFC Featherweight belt and UFC Lightweight championship stripped due to inactivity. Conor is not interested in being the greatest champion. His interest lies where his next payday will come.

UFC’s greatest champions

To be a great champion you must defend your belt and hear those infamous words from Bruce Buffer “And still champion…” After George St. Pierre beat Matt Hughes in December of 2007, he defended the UFC Welterweight Championship ten times without a loss.

Anderson Silva defended UFC Middleweight Championship ten times until a horrific leg break caused him to lose the belt.

Demetrious Johnson was the first UFC Flyweight Champion. He defended the belt 11 times successfully before he lost to Henry Cejurdo.

Jon Jones won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship beating Maurício Ruaha in March of 2011. After that fight, he has been in 14 title fights. One of the fights was changed after the conclusion to a no contest because of an illegal substance. And another was to regain the vacant belt. Jon Jones essentially has defended his belt 14 times over the last nine years.

Of the past and present champions previously listed combined, they have defended their belts a total of 45 times. They have shown that they were the greatest in the world at their specific weight class.

What makes Conor McGregor special in the octagon (or ring)

Conor may not be a great champion, but he is one of the best fighters of all time. He shows no fear of moving up and down in weight. Moving from UFC to Boxing he fought arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer ever. Not only that, but he also won a few rounds against Floyd Mayweather with no professional boxing experience.

His fight IQ is among the best of all time. He has the ability to put anyone to sleep with his left hand at any moment. His ability to promote a fight will forever go down as one of the greatest.

What’s next for The Notorious One

If Conor wants to retire as one of the greatest champions, he has to defend a belt. Money fights pay the bills, but they don’t help build a legacy. Conor has claimed he is retiring from fighting due to a lack of interest. History tells us that this retirement is not going to last long as he has tweeted out his retirement before.

There is only one fight that makes sense, and that is the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje. If he is able to win the UFC Lightweight Championship and defend it for a few years that will help his cause. Until then Conor McGregor will remain one of the most overrated champions of all time.

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