To get back to the original topic, I dont think a win would make Hendo quite GOAT status, but I think it would be something that earns him the right to be mentioned as one of the best fighters to ever do it (I mean, he already is, but I think a Jones win would put him in the indisputable top 10).
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Hall of Fame? Yes. GOAT? No.
There's heavy traffic around Fedor, Anderson, and Hendo is gaining. A FUC...er...UFC belt would bolster the argument greatly, considering what he's already accomplished.
If it were judged merely by impact on mma fighting, I'd vote Royce Gracie. That isn't how I weigh it, so I won't.
Fedor was an undersized king of the big dogs, for long enough (at his natural weight), to have earned the status, to me. He always came forward, bested the best in their primes, and only lost to really good fighters, in his later years. Werdum, Bigfoot, and Hendo are all dangerous guys.
Now if Hendo were to beat Anderson, and Jones, that would heavily add to his thing, in this type of discussion.
He's more like the best ham n egger of all time, and i say that as a fan.
Right now Fedor as a much better record than Silva.
Silva is 32-4-1
Fedor is 34-4-1 PLUS Fedor as a 25 fight win streak with the likes of Bablu, Gary Goodridge, Mark Hunt, Big Nog, Arloski, Sylva, Lindland, Hunt, Cro Cop, Roidelman, and many more.
Silva is on a 16 figth streak with some tough fighters as well but on paper Fedor looks better for GOAT.
How many GOAT's can dance on the head of a pin?
For me Dan Henderson can't be considered the GOAT because he simply hasn't shown the same level of dominance that Fedor and Silva have shown. He's one of the greats but not the goat.
I also don't really see the point in 'what if he beats both Silva and Jones' since 'what if' doesn't really have any sway now at this moment, and I don't really see that happening in the future.