Khabib Nurmagomedov has a 30-0 record as a professional mixed martial artist. This is something that has never been seen before. While people have amassed impressive unbeaten streaks, they have been defeated at some point or another. However, Khabib has held on to his ‘0’ no matter how tough the opponent or how big the fight.
It’s not just the unbeaten streak that makes it impressive. ‘The Eagle’ has not only won every fight in the UFC but has completely dominated every opponent put in front of him. His relentless wrestling pressure, along with the ground and pound, sucks the confidence out of the opponent in the very first exchange. Nurmagomedov will aim to make it 29-0 in a few weeks against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
In a recent interview with Kevin Iole, ‘The Eagle’ was asked whether he wanted to retire after two more fights at 30-0 or if he had other plans. Khabib replied, “Honestly, I don’t know. 30-0 is going to be great, you know? It’s looking good. It sounds good…. It’s going to be a great record. This is like Mayweather in MMA, you know? 30-0. We’ll see. I’m very close on this”
Nurmagomedov continued, “What do you think? If I beat Justin and one more guy, and become 30-0 and finish career…. Where are you going to put myself in legacy?”
‘The Eagle’ has always maintained that he wanted to retire undefeated. It is something that he has been mentioning ever since his initial few fights with the promotion. However, after recent news about his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passing away, speculations were rife that Khabib would not fight a lot longer. Nurmagomedov has always maintained that his dream fight would one against Georges St. Pierre.
Though Khabib’s achievements inside the octagon are undeniable, he still lags behind the likes of Demetrious Johnson, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, in title defenses. He is in the race for the greatest of all time in MMA, but he is not a clear winner.
If Khabib Nurmagomedov was to beat Justin Gaethje and then win another fight to retire at 30-0 where would you rank him? Will he be the undisputed all-time great?
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