Jones, Khabib and the confusion around P4P vs GOAT

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As the dust has settled on UFC 254, there’s been quite a lot of discussion around Khabib Nurmagomedov’s legacy in the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts in general. During his post-fight interview, “The Eagle” expressed hope he would be ranked as the #1 pound for pound fighter, and after the votes were tabulated, the media members responsible for those rankings agreed. Khabib Nurmagomedov is currently the top pound for pound fighter in the UFC. And that’s where the confusion begins.
 
Almost immediately, members of the media, fighters, and fans argued whether or not Khabib should have surpassed Jon Jones in the pound for pound rankings. Jones himself at first seem insulted at the idea. The truth is, emphatically, that Khabib is the number one pound for pound fighter in the UFC…right now. P4P for rankings are subjective of course. They are a hypothetical ranking of athletes in different weight and where they stand against each other in terms of accomplishments at a given point in time. What is not subjective, is that they are for a given point in time. They are no different in that regard to an athlete’s position in divisional rankings. Anderson Silva for example is not a top ranked middleweight because he won thirteen title fights and sixteen fights in a row in the UFC.
 
P4P rankings are not a determination of who is the greatest fighter of all-time (GOAT), which is an all-together different argument. I would be hard-pressed to argue against Jon Jones in that argument, but cases can be made for Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Demetrious Johnson, and Fedor Emelianenko, especially if you look at the asterisk next to Jones’ accomplishments. A case can be made for Khabib as well (if he’s your favorite fighter).
 
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Well-said.  I agree with this 100%.

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Didnt Khabib lose a round to Conor and Gaethje?

AwaysTheDiscontinuedOne - 

Didnt Khabib lose a round to Conor and Gaethje?

Yes, judges scored round 3 for Conor and round 1 for Gaethje. Either way, Khabib finished them and looked great doing it.

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Round 1 for Gathje? Really? Ive gotta go back and rewatch… Interesting regardless

HYBRID JON - Round 1 for Gathje? Really? Ive gotta go back and rewatch... Interesting regardless

Yeah. It was scored for Gaethje by 2 of the 3 judges cageside.