‘He Hasn’t Had Longevity’- Paddy Pimblett Details Why Khabib Nurmagomedov Couldn’t be Placed in the GOAT List

Published 08/23/2021, 3:05 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner prior to his lightweight title bout against Justin Gaethje during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former Cage Warriors champion and new UFC recruit, Paddy Pimblett, detailed why he won’t put Khabib Nurmagomedov on the list of GOAT. The Scouser, who will make his debut for the promotion against Brazilian Luigi Vendramini on September 04, recently spoke with Submission Radio’s Kacper Rosolowski and Denis Shkuratov.

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The Liverpool native spoke on different topics, including his comparisons with Conor McGregor, his opponent Vendramini’s record, and other things related to his debut. But the one major thing that will cause some stir is his opinion on the former lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Recently, in an interview with ace MMA reporter, James Lynch, ‘The Baddy’ had named his GOAT list and surprisingly kept Khabib out of it. The former Cage Warriors featherweight champ received a lot of flak from Khabib’s fans around the world.

Pimblett addressed the fans’ issues with him over not putting Khabib on the GOAT list. According to him, no one can stop him from giving out his opinions.

“Don’t care what anyone says,” Pimblett told Kacper and Denis. “He (Khabib) is not the GOAT level. You gotta have longevity in this sport to be the GOAT. He hasn’t had longevity and had 3 title defenses. Jon Jones is at what, 12?”

Khabib retired from MMA altogether after successfully defending his title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. He had defended his title 3 times. After winning it at UFC 223, his first title defense came against Conor at UFC 229. After beating ‘The Notorious’ one, Khabib defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.

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When asked if he can lure Khabib out of retirement, ‘The Baddy’ said, “I would love that but… I can’t see him coming back at all.”

Paddy Pimblett mocks Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib recently appeared in Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson. ‘The Eagle’ said many things in the show, including his rivalries from his MMA days. He also did some actions that didn’t really amuse ‘The Baddy’.

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“He’s become the Karen of the MMA scene. On the podcast with Mike Tyson the other day lad he’s going, ‘Oh can you put this fast food away, and this weed?’ No, lad! It’s his podcast, he’ll do what he wants. Shut up! You’ve been invited on as a guest, lad. Do as you’re told you, di**y,” Pimblett added.

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It will be interesting to see if Khabib has an answer in store for ‘The Baddy’ as that’s the only way Paddy could face Khabib. If at all Khabib appears in the octagon, Paddy’s name would be on the bottom of the list of opponents.

What did you make of Paddy’s comments on Khabib? Let us know.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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