Khabib’s CV doesn’t “stack” on Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre, says Michael Bisping
Khabib Nurmagomedov was on track for the greatest conversation ever, but he stopped before GOAT status when – naturally – retiring, says Michael Bisping.
The debate over whether or not Khabib qualifies for the GOAT debate is almost more controversial than the GOAT conversation itself. Some would argue that Khabib’s unbeaten 29-0 run and a streak of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title wins over Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor and Al Iaquinta make him the king of all games. time. Others like Bisping, however, argue that his entire resume does not match the likes of Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, or Georges St-Pierre.
“He got away with it,” Bisping told True Geordie on The Pain Game podcast (h / t BJPenn.com). “And if you look, yeah, he didn’t fight the best until the end of his career. When you compare that with GSP or Jones or Anderson, their race against world class competition was much longer. But for Khabib, I know it was because of his father’s death, and he made a promise to his mother. So these are different circumstances.
“But for these reasons, I think when you look at resumes, even if he was undefeated, the resumes don’t really stack up. And I say this with immense respect for Khabib – Far be it from me to belittle his career because I would never dream of doing that. “
Khabib retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) after successfully defending his UFC Lightweight title against Justin Gaethje (watch highlights) at UFC 254 on October 24, 2020. He won by technical submission in the second round ( starter triangle).
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