When Conor McGregor beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 for the lightweight championship, some fans were ready to call ‘Notorious’ the greatest of all time. However, Alvarez’s head coach Mark Henry spoke recently with Chisanga Malata for the UK’s Daily Star, and said McGregor has more to do before becoming the G.O.A.T.
“I’d say he’d be the greatest if he beat Frankie and Khabib,” said Henry. “Then I’d put him as the greatest. But until he does that, I still think he’s one of the greats.
“He’s never defended the featherweight title. He says he’s cleaned out the division, but until you fight Frankie, you haven’t cleaned it out.
“If he fought Frankie he’d be able to say that as he’s already fought Holloway, he’s already fought Aldo and he’s already fought Mendes. But he’s never fought Frankie. I think Frankie has been a staple as one of the best fighters ever. And he’s definitely a staple at 145lbs.
“It doesn’t matter that he beat Aldo and Frankie didn’t because you could say, ‘whoever beat Nate Diaz can beat McGregor’ and that’s not true. That’s just stupid even saying that.””I’d love to see him fight Frankie, I’d love to see him fight Khabib, and I’d love to see him fight Edson Barboza and Ferguson,” he continued
“I’d love to see him fight Frankie, I’d love to see him fight Khabib, and I’d love to see him fight Edson Barboza and Ferguson. If he did well those guys I’d definitely say he’s one of the best ever. But he’s still kind of young in his career.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov is 24-0, so a win there would be an obvious step towards cementing G.O.A.T. status. Edgar is 7-4-1 since 2012, leaving him a less obvious G.O.A.T. gatekeeper. Henry coaches both Alvarez and Edgar, and is being the good coach that he is, but he is absolutely correct that it’s hard to claim to have cleaned out featherweight without defending the title a single time, or fighting Frankie Edgar. That said, the UFC has insisted that McGregor choose one division, and it was lightweight, and McGregor looked skeletal making 145, he has in all likelihood left that division behind forever.