He's been fighting elite level fighters for the exact same amount of time that Jon Jones has. The only difference is that Jon Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history due to good timing and circumstances. Also Khabib has dealt with many injuries over his life and also Khabib is truly undefeated.
I don't think Tony Ferguson could've taken down Gaethje despite the fact that they were similar wrestling skills and had adapted in a similar way to MMA. I feel like Gaethje adapted more to ground and pound in MMA then Ferguson who went about a similar style but still adapts wrestling and submissions. But yeah who fights for the title next will be interesting.
Yeah he might be able to make a point if he indeed moves up to heavyweight and is able to capture the title and go onto defend it. Then and only then might he have the argument that he is indeed the best fighter of all time but the jury is still out on Jon Jones. We will just have to see what happens.
Well part of the problem is that Jon Jones hasn't been as active or as good as he could be for a variety of reasons whereas Khabib has never had any lapse in quality of fights. Jon Jones has admit that he has slacked off in training at times whereas we know for a fact Khabib has not. That is another argument one could make for Khabib being the GOAT.
If anyone wondered how good Jon Jones might be if he didn't get blackout drunk the week before title fights. Or how good Conor might be if not for substance abuse. Or how good Roy Nelson might have been if he showed up shredded at 185 or 205.
Yeah all of those guys of course have some sort of reason they didn't fight to the best of their potential whereas Khabib always fought to the best of his ability. It goes back to an older world work ethic as compared to all of those guys' short comings. Sounds like first world flaws versus almost developing world work ethic.
Jesus turned water into wine. Some say it was "non alcoholic" wine. But I'm not 100% completely certain. Trendy things trend towards being destructive towards peoples health and spirit. Khabib avoids some negative trends like alcohol due to his religion forbidding them. Proving religion can be a good thing after all?
1st world flaws vs developing world... Khabib could be a country boy like Matt Hughes and Bryce Mitchell.
I don't know cause Khabib never lost a match in his career whereas Anderson Silva lost several fights earlier in his career before he became ultimate form Anderson Silva. Also Jon Jones sole "loss" is that of his disqualification which some don't consider a true loss. So the GOAT argument should be between Khabib and Anderson.