Old school, O.G fighters who started everything that is going on right now in fight world, are often forgotten about. Too many people talks that Conor Mcgregor is Greatest of all time but everyone forgets about the ALL TIME part. Sure Conor is good, some would say cool, hype etc. and he was champion in multiple divisions, but still, did he defend his titles, did he respect his opponents or did he mock other peoples religion like example? He is good and that is it. Out of current active fighters, in my own opinion it has got to be one of the following: Fedor Emilianenko, Anderson Silva and Jon Jones/Demetrious Johnson. But as i said, those are active fighters in the time of writing this article.
To be greatest of all time, you have to be respectful, sure trash talking invites people to watch the fight but if you are great and unique fighter, your skills will do the talk. If you want to be greatest of all time, in my opinion you have to be role model to everyone. And that is the reason why I will immediately take out Jon Jones out of G.O.A.T. picture because of every scandal he had, all doping problems etc. And i will sadly take out Anderson Silva too, because he had moments of utter disrespect, and some not so respectful face-offs like the ones against Vitor Belfort and Chris Weidman.
That leaves me with Fedor Emilianenko and Demetrious Johnson of the current active fighter that are for me contenders to be called greatest of all time. I will take out Demetrious Johnson, because to be GOAT, you should have the ability to defeat fighters from any weight division and he as a bantamweight can’t do much to heavyweights. And out of active fighters, it is pretty logic that Fedor Emilianenko is the one.
But there is a catch, he is active fighter and i didn’t talk about retired fighters and there is only one that stands out.
Mirko CroCop Filipovic. True G.O.A.T. Fighter that once said things like:
- I was training in an old garage – just a roof. And when its snowed, it would cover the floor, so I would have to clear this first. I didn’t have a punch bag. There was no place to buy it, so I managed to get a speed ball, but it didn’t have the swivel mechanism, so I just nailed it to the ceiling and started kicking.
- I never liked to say any trash talk about anyone, and I never go low on that level.
He took fighting to another level, and whatever martial arts he participated in, he truly dominated and was the best.
To be greatest of all time, you have to start from scratch, from bare minimum, to fight against all odds and at long last to prevail and conquer opposition. And everyone will ask why CroCop and not Fedor, they are from same period, they fought and Fedor won etc.
Reasons are that G.O.A.Ts need to be special, respectful, influential, multiple champions. Fedor is terrific fighter, but that is it, he lacks uniqueness, he will never be remembered by something special like Mirko Filipovic will, and i will say only one thing. Right leg hospital, left leg cemetary!
There can only be one and only greatest of all time, so thank you Mirko CroCop Filipovic for all your hard work and dedication, all your fights. True G.O.A.T.