But I don’t really think it’s a fair comparison, specifically considering the depth at women’s BW versus men’s LW.
A better comparison would be within LW between Makhachev and Ferguson. In that case, Ferguson had more wins and against higher competition. I’m not saying that it’s not a joke, just saying it’s a more apt comparison.
I think most here will agree at this point that the UFC is a sport but entertainment is a big factor in matchups and opportunities. Islam isn’t a “Conor”, and will never be.
Sorry his win over unranked Bobby Green didn’t warrant a title shot. He hasn’t ever beaten a top 5 opponent. He has one or two ranked wins. Any other fighter in UFC history wouldn’t have been babied this hard.
No offense but its silly to compare him to O’Malley and makes you seem uninformed. You sound clueless calling him babied.
10 fights ago he beat Wade who just made the PFL finals.
8 fights ago he beat Tibau who recently beat Brooks (who beat Chandler 2x) and MacDonald and beat RDA, Stephens etc… when he was in the UFC
6 fight ago he beat Tsarukyan who is likely one of the very best LW’s in 2022. Tsarukyan is now 5-1 in UFC.
5 fights ago he beat Ramos who is an ADCC champ and was on a four fight win streak in UFC.
I could go on.
You call that being babied, seriously? Was he being babied when Tony and Chandler turned the fight down?
Just like with Oliveira while he was climbing the ranks. The “names” you guys worry about turn down fights with guys like Makhachev.
You sound like that guy on here who told me Makhachev had not fought anyone because they only fighter he knew of that Makhachev beat was Dan Hooker so that meant Makhachev had not fought anyone, had nothing to do with the fact that poster just had no fucking clue about what he was discussing.
I didnt say he hasnt fought anyone. I am just saying usually the top 5-10 guys get in fights with each other. Its not just islam, but it seems like lately they always want someone to jump the ranks. I personally think he beats Gaethje. My beef is consistent, hated how guys like Conor beats Denis Siver and gets a shot, Leon Scott fights nobody at WW save a couple good ones, etc. I dont care at all how many fights someone wins in a row if half of them are nowhere near competitive. I think with Hooker on his resume, 1-2 good wins in the top maybe 5 and there is zero argument against his title shot.
But let’s think about if that didn’t happen. For example, if Conor fought Frankie or another wrestler who took him down and beat him via decision, Conor would have never become the biggest star in the history of MMA and whom made the UFC millions upon millions of dollars (and counting).
UFC is and has always been a business first, and their decisions reflect that. The alternative would mean the UFC would run itself entirely like a sports organization and profit far, far less. That just doesn’t seem realistic at this point and is mainly a die-hard fan’s dream.
Conor also got 0 wrestlers coming up in a div full of them at the time: Frankie, Lamas, Guida, Lentz, Darren the Damage, Kawajiri, Bermudez, and full camp Mendes. Yeah he prob woulda beaten most of them but also depending on when he fought them it may have been more challenging.
Pettis got Guida iirc for his UFC debut and they didn’t want that to happen to Connor.