Morning Report: Jon Jones is dismissed by Nate Diaz in the GOAT Conversation: “That entire legacy has been lost and over.”


Nate Diaz doesn’t see any place in the all-time great discussion for Jon Jones.

The UFC’s former light heavyweight dominator has arguably been his own worst enemy throughout his illustrious career. In the cage, Jones’ only blemish on an otherwise perfect 26-1 (1 no contest) record came as a result of him illegally elbowing his opponent, Matt Hamill, in his fourth UFC appearance. He was followed by a lot of issues later on.

Jones’ legal troubles are well documented, whether it be a history of DUIs or the infamous hit-and-run incident that led to him being stripped of his UFC title in 2015. Along with the party-like antics, “Bones” has been linked to multiple occasions involving performance-enhancing drugs which also led to a title reversal in 2017.

As someone who has been in the fight scene for more than 20 years, Diaz has not been afraid to criticize the status quo.

“The OGs … Anderson [Silva], ‘GSP’ (Georges St-Pierre), Fedor [Emelianenko] … Who? Jon [Jones]? Out of the question,” Diaz told ESPN regarding the greatest of all time discussion. “I don’t care. Silva, too. Silva, too.

” If you are doing it loudly, it’s different. All of them were experimenting with steroids and then they stomped on everyone’s sex. You know what it’s like? I will fight [expletive] with steroids. I don’t give a f***. But if you’re doing it [and hiding it], like let’s just all talk about it. You do steroids, I’ll smoke weed then let’s get in there and squab. I’m not f ***.”

Despite the many issues surrounding Jones over recent years, Jones managed to remain roughly as active than Diaz. However, that changed in 2020 when he voluntarily vacated the UFC light heavyweight strap with continued hopes of eventually debuting in the heavyweight division. Meanwhile, Diaz last fought as recently as UFC 263 in June 2021 and has his next bout rapidly approaching.

UFC 279 this weekend will mark the end of Diaz’s run in the promotion as he finishes out the last fight on his contract. Standing in the Stockton, California native’s way will be surging undefeated superstar Khamzat Chimaev. After all this time, Diaz still believes he belongs in these conversations with those breathing rarified air and has another chance to try and prove it.

“But you sneak steroids in and you’re considered? Diaz stated that it was out of the question. This is the end of that whole legacy. All these guys you consider the GOATs, if you guys are all the GOATs … Because I am aware that I share the same fate as a large portion of other people in this world, I don’t care what you think. The UFC does it by numbers. You’re not even involved, it’s like yeah, right. [Look at] my 15 years.”


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Shot caller.

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Livin’ it up.

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Never a dull moment.


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Nate is quite impressive in his ability to present an argument during these type of talks. I will say I can’t disagree with him on the Jones notion though. If you are going to include fighters who have asterisks beside their names, you need to make at least two lists: one which includes them and one which doesn’t.

Happy Hump Day! Thanks for reading.


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