Conor McGregor knocked out the supposed greatest featherweight, in his prime, in just 13 seconds. Seems like a pretty simple judgement. “The Notorious” McGregor ran his way through the featherweight division, going undefeated in the weight class since April 2013.
Aldo might have been a good fighter, but no one wrecks opponents like McGregor. Since joining the UFC, “Junior” only recorded one knock out in his championship defenses, and that only happened when his opponent Chan Sung Jung separated his shoulder, leaving Jung defenseless on the right side. In both of McGregor’s title fights, he knocked out his opponent by the second round, including that quick evisceration of Aldo.
Aldo was the greatest featherweight of all time at one point, but nothing lasts forever. McGregor is a freak of an athlete, and no one can touch him in the division.
Two losses should never define an otherwise legendary career. Jose Aldo’s body of work has no equal, and any questions regarding his place in history is laughable.
Before facing McGregor, Aldo faced 10 opponents while holding a championship title in World Extreme Cagefighting or UFC. All 10 fell to Aldo lighting quick strikes and an unflappable takedown defense.
McGregor may have had a spectacular finish against Aldo, but how many times did he defend that title? Zero. The true measure of greatness is staying on top when everyone is giving you their best shot. Title defenses are the measuring stick of great champions. If McGregor never stuck around to defend his title, he isn’t a great featherweight champion, let alone the greatest featherweight of all time.
In the decade between November 2005 and December 2015, Aldo was undefeated in 18 fights. It is that decade of dominance that will define his career as the greatest featherweight of all time.