Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from mixed martial arts following his title defense in October 2020, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest to ever grace the sport. The GOAT debate in the MMA community will always rage, but Belal Muhammad knows where he stands.
The top five UFC welterweights recently spoke with fans on social media and explained why he considers Khabib the greatest of all time:
“I consider it [Khabib] the GOAT, because like I said, it’s so easy, like you saw with those last two main events, where one wrong move, one slide, and the fight is over. You could lose a fight so easily.”
“Remember the name” developed in more detail:
“Your knee might bend, you might get controlled all of a sudden, you’re down and you have a guy who fights a lot unbeaten, unblemished, unblemished, like, that’s why I consider him the GOAT . I don’t care who you fight, anything can go wrong in there.”
Check out Muhammad’s thoughts on Khabib’s legacy below:
Watch Muhammad’s full interaction with his fans below:
He talked about how difficult it is to maintain impeccable control and focus through multiple fights on the biggest stage and remain untouchable.
Muhammad was likely referring to recent injuries that cut the main events short. A week after Brian Ortega dislocated his elbow on Long Island, Tom Aspinall seriously injured his knee in the main event of UFC London in London.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s case for being the GOAT
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s professional record speaks volumes. He went undefeated through 29 fights during his career, spanning multiple promotions. After signing with the UFC, he went on a 13-game winning streak until his retirement.
Even more impressively, “The Eagle” has arguably never lost a round in his UFC career and has outplayed virtually every opponent. He did all of this with minimal damage despite clashing with the highest pedigree of fighters.
Despite all this, Khabib Nurmagomedov and his camp are known to have extremely down-to-earth personalities, as Belal Muhammad himself said of his training experience with them:
“Khabib was another level, man. There are different types of grapplers and strengths. His whole team, honestly, another level. They train differently, but it was still good. As humble as it gets. Always a good learning GOAT.”
Khabib is currently assisting protege Islam Makhachev in his training camp ahead of the 30-year-old’s championship fight against Charles Oliveira at UFC 280.
‘The Eagle’ posted on Instagram in support of Islam Makhachev, noting that he expects a great game between the two elite lightweight contenders.