Who is the Tom Brady of MMA?
After Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl, it begs the question, who is the MMA equivalent?
Tom Brady propelled himself into the stratosphere of arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time. Brady, who recently joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season, left behind a New England Patriots team that saw Bill Belichick reign over the AFC for the better part of 20 years. In any sport, that feat is nearly impossible to accomplish, let alone maintain for such an extended period of time.
In MMA and most notably the UFC, these stretches of consistency from fighters are so rare that it makes fans and media members marvel at their greatness inside the Octagon. Only a select few have reached the so-called “Tom Brady status” in their careers that may never be seen again.
At the moment, Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current UFC lightweight champion, and Jon Jones, the former two-time UFC light heavyweight champion, have reached GOAT level status during their storied careers. Jones only has one loss, which was a 2009 disqualification at the hands of Matt Hamill in which Jones threw an illegal 12-6 elbow. Despite the defeat, however, Jones has only done one thing with his Octagon time … win.
Names like Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustaffson, and Vitor Belfort have fallen to Jones in numerous fashions. Similar to how Brady can win with different players seemingly every year, the way Jones wins is so unpredictable that no one knows what could come next.
As for Nurmagomedov, his road to greatness is like Brady in the sense that he needed an arch-rival to elevate him into superstardom. Former two-division champion, Conor McGregor, was the Peyton Manning of Nurmagomedov’s career. Everything that McGregor did was compared to how Nurmagomedov would respond, and vice-versa.
Jon Jones is the Tom Brady of MMA
When Brady gets older, so does his play on the field. As for Jones, the same can be said for his time in the Octagon. One day, father time will catch-up to both men, but for now, millions will continue to soak in their respective dominance for years to come. Only time will tell with what happens to both of them next.
One thing is for certain, the world will be watching.
Published at Mon, 08 Feb 2021 19:27:53 +0000