There is no question that Conor McGregor is the most polarizing figure in Mixed Martial Arts history. When it comes to star power, McGregor dominates them all. 10 years ago, the sport was captivated by the dominance of fighters like Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre, but their stardom was all based on them winning fights. McGregor, on the other hand, is an entirely different breed. At this point in his career, he probably doesn’t need to win another fight to go down as one of the greatest fighters that the UFC and the sport of Mixed Martial Arts have ever seen. But is he really one of the all-time greats?

The answer to that question is no . . . but probably yes. Yeah, I get it, that makes absolutely no sense so let me explain. First and foremost, no, Conor is not one of the greatest fighters of all of time. His skills do not match up against the likes of Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones, etc. McGregor lives off his left hand that undoubtedly is one of the best ever, but that is where his skills stop. Yes, he has great movement and he catches people from great angles but that is more because his opponents are prepared for the old school European boxing style that McGregor brings to the table than it is his skills are just that much better than everyone else’s. His wrestling and grappling skills are rudimentary at best, his submission skills are nonexistent, and his gas tank is highly questionable. So, with all these holes in his game how does he dominate the sport? It’s pretty simple. The answer is fear, plus he gets to pick his own opponents.  The bulk of his fights have been tailor-made opponents for his style and the only people that weren’t gave McGregor trouble. First, Chad Mendes was able to take McGregor down at will and dominate the first half of their fight. Had Mendes not gassed from taking the fight on short notice he would have continued to control that fight on the ground. The next opponent was Nate Diaz, a fearless fighter that is known to have a solid chin. Nate was able to dominate McGregor in the first fight and in the second took McGregor to a close decision that saw McGregor running around the octagon in round five instead of fighting.

Now don’t get me wrong, McGregor is a beast and will go down in history as one of the all-time greats and he should, but I do question where he sits amongst the best. While it is obvious that McGregor gets to pick and choose his own opponents he has never shied away from a fight and he has fought the so-called best in his division, but for some reason he seems to always avoid the one guy that is a bad stylistic match up for him (like Frankie Edgar) until tonight where he will face a man that is an extremely bad matchup for him in Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Tonight, McGregor has the chance to prove that he truly is an elite level fighter and he truly deserves to be considered one of the greatest fighters of all times as a win over Numagmodev would cement his legacy. With that said, flip the coin over and a loss only proves that McGregor was able to use his mouth to propel his subpar fighting skills to stardom.

Really only time will tell where McGregor will fall when it comes to the all time but if you ask me he is a world class entertainer with B level fighting skills.

UFC 229 takes place tonight and trust me you do not want to miss any of the action. For additional action make sure you get all your free betting in – this one could make you some serious money.

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