Watching Connor's rise has been a lot of fun. I really like this guy. Calling him the GOAT is a funny joke that you guys can't get enough of. But in all seriousness, we have a real emerging star who is actually fighting the top guys, making a real case for future GOAT. ANTHONY PETTIS! Why do we praise Connor? From his own words: A. he finishes fights B. he has a creative, unorthodox style C. he puts on a show and knows how to run his mouth Why do we detract from Connor? A. hasn't fought the most elite talent yet B. he's getting a fast track title shot, skipping the real contenders like Cub and Frankie C. he hasn't been proved to be well rounded, and hasn't fought a real wrestler Pettis has everything going for him in the first three (definitely doesn't run his mouth like Connor, but can definitely promote himself as seen by his big sponsor deals) But Pettis also has done all three of the things Connor hasnt. He's fought the elite talent, wiping out Melendez, Cerrone and Benson Henderson all in one fellow swoop. Connor hasn't fought ONE GUY as good as those three, and Pettis fought three, in a row, with incredible finishes! He's also had anything but the fast track to a title shot, having to beg for one while Benson held the belt so long, even though he had a Championship win over Benson and we all knew he could beat him a second time. And, to address the third thing we detract from Connor, Pettis has actually fought and defeated wrestlers. He's fought and defeated pretty much every type of opponent, and at times has beaten them at their own strength (tooled Cerrone in a striking clinic and out wrestled Henderson en route to tapping him via armbar in the first round...after Henderson JUST GOT HIS BLACKBELT! Just making this thread because Pettis doesn't get nearly enough credit, and his last three wins are some of the most impressive in the history of MMA in my opinion. Oh yeah, one more comparison between the two... Pettis actually has a real shot of beating Aldo! Let give Anthony the props he deserves. He's filled the void left by Anderson Silva and is clearly the next candidate for GOAT. Flame on McBitches.