Where is this notion coming from that these guys are so good? Because they fight in the UFC? These guys are OK at best but I havent seen anything from them that suggests they are more special, more skilled or more deadly than the elites from 10-15 years ago. Anthony Smith is a journeyman MW bum with 15 losses who has been stopped by the likes of Josh Neer. His title shot was given to him on the premise of beating an ancient Shogun and a shot, CTE Rashad. Santos is a MW bum who got stopped by David Branch of all people lol and dispatched by Mousasi as if he was a can. Then he goes to LHW and beats an average Blacowizc and a glassjaw Manuwa and gets a title shot. Again what the hell makes him special or elite? Nothing. The answer is he is in the UFC and that's all these geeks need as a measuring tool to assess the level of a fighter. Then you have Dominick Reyes. A guy who trains at an unknown gym, has 12 fights and got his title shot from going life and death with Volkan Nogroundgameir and KOing Chris "KOd in 4 of his last 6" Weidman. Again Reyes is a good fighter and he might be very good one day but he isnt special and we havent seen anything from him that would suggest that the so called "GOAT" should struggle against him. Let's not forget Gustafson who was talking retirement before the Jones rematch and then got smashed by Jones and got choked out by journeyman Smith in his next fight and retired. That was Jones' last finish and he had steroids in his system that night. Nevada refused to sanction him so the UFC literally moved the event last minute to another state. The fact is all of these guys are average fighters. They are being billed as elites in the division because insecure basement dwelling Jon Jones fans can't seem to accept the undeniable fact that without his steroids hes boring, unimpressive and highly competitive with these guys who arent even that special. This is a live case study of steroid use and how taking steroids effects your performance in sports. Also shows how much the UFC brand plays a role in the way fighters are measured. The UFC geeks are insecure and always need to attach a fake GOAT to the brand to convince themselves theyre witnessing something special. First it was Anderson's nuts they hung on but then he took some Ls they hopped off that bandwagon and got on the Jones wagon. Now when Jones looks unimpressive against an average fighter these "fans" attempt to inflate the Anthony Smiths, Santos, and Reyes of the world the same way they inflated the Patrick Cotes and Thales Leites and James Irvins of the world during Anderson's run, all to make it seem like Jones the so called "GOAT" is struggling against great fighters but showing great heart and winning tough fights. In reality hes just boring and unimpressive against guys who arent that impressive. A prime Mirko would flush these guys easily. Jones can't because he cant do it without his steroids. You dont need to lie to kick it and act like hes been impressive. UFC did a great job of building their brand to such a degree that any fighter who fights in the UFC is suddenly special and elite. If Anythony Smith and Santos were fighting in Bellator every UFC fanboy on this forum would disregard them as journeyman bums or UFC "castoffs" But when their fake GOAT struggles with these bums its suddenly "Jones has octagon control" and "pressure " and "won a tough fight like a true champ" or whatever else Rogans stupid ass says during Jones fights. Great job UFC. Brilliant marketing.. The real ones know what's up though. Dominick Reyes, Santos and Smith would get beat down by a prime Cro Cop in one night. And current, unimpressive, steroidless Jones would get beaten down by prime Cro Cop as well. Dont fight the facts.