AAAAAAAAND NEW! He said he was and Alexander Volkanovski is unquestionably 'The Great'. The only question is how great?
It's not just the fact he's the newly minted UFC featherweight champion after dismantling long-reigning champion Max Holloway over five rounds on Sunday; it's where it puts him in the history of the division.
The dethroned Hawaiian is considered the best featherweight of all time. It's with good reason given his wins (16) and finishes (10) are records, but the former concreter from Shellharbout just isn't like those others - perhaps not like any other.
The man Holloway usurped, Jose Aldo, was Volkanovski's previous victim. The fact he took out both en route to the gold truly puts the "undisputed" in his title.
The 31-year-old former Warilla Gorilla landed the most leg kicks in featherweight history by the end of four rounds, out-striking a man who's landed the most signifiant strikes in UFC history in all five rounds.
It was reflected on one of the judge's scorecards, while it was enough to claim three of the five on the other cards in one the greatest showings in Australia's fighting history.
He was, as always, respectful in the aftermath, but Volkanovski didn't need to be told where he now sits.
"He's one of the GOAT's, I've taken out two of the GOAT's back to back, that puts me right up there," Volkanovski said in the octagon post-fight.
"We've had great champions in this division. Aldo was a great respectful champion, Max was a great respectful champion, I promise to be a great champion to.
"They were great champions, but now I'm going to be a great champion and I'm gong to take over for a long time. I'm telling ya, I'm going to stay champion for a long time."
It was Volkanovski's 18th straight victory in the cage and Holloway's first defeat at featherweight since suffering consecutive losses in 2013.
It was a definitive victory but Holloway's previous body of work saw talk immediately turn to a possible rematch in aftermath, something Volkanovski was not averse to.
"I said I'll be a great champion like the other guys and I'll fight whoever deserves it," Volkanovski said.
"Max has been a great champion, he was fighting all the [best] guys. There were people saying I could give him problems and he said bring it on. Good on him, he's a champion, I respect him for that.
"I plan on doing the same and whoever's next in line - let's do it. I think he deserves [a rematch], do I have to beat him again to prove I'm a better fighter? We had five rounds to do it and I'm pretty I won it pretty clearly.
"He probably wants [the belt] back, I don't blame him, I've got nothing but respect for him but it's my time. The Blessed era ends tonight in the featherweight division."
Incredible as it was, Volkanovski doesn't expect the performance to silence all the doubters - particularly ahead of a likely rematch - but says knockers will just continue to fuel the fire.
"You're always going to get doubters," he said.
"I just beat Max, most people thought I won every round, one of the judges did, but if we have that rematch I guarantee people are going t be doubting again.
"It's just how it is. I looked at a pros picks [list] not one of them picked me. Not one. I just used it as motivation, I love it. They'll pick me next time.
"I've had a lot of people supporting me and I got to prove them right. I said I was the guy to do it, I'm not cocky but I'm confident and I got the job done."
UFC boss Dana White said a rematch "100 per cent" made sense and said Volkanovski's rising star in his home country could see it happen Down Under.
"He looked good and that market is massive for us, maybe we do that rematch in Australia," White said.
Holloway hinted that he didn't agree with the judges but showed the respect was mutual and left open the possibility of a rematch with the Aussie.
"I felt like I was doing enough but there's three guys' [the judges] whose opinions matter the most and they didn't see it my way," Holloway told the post-fight presser.
"It is what it is. What I respect about Alex is he way he carried himself through this whole fight, even before the fight and how he'd talk about if had to fight for an interim [title] he'd do it, if he had to fight people under him he'd do it.
"That's the exact same way I came up. When you're a champion you've got to fight all the guys below you anyway so this guy was already doing that and willing to do that. That's what I respect about him."