“I Don’t Consider Him the Greatest of All Time”- Colby Covington Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Just Fought a ‘Bunch of Strikers’

Published 11/29/2021, 9:24 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia lokks on against Dustin Poirier of United States in their Lightweight Title Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Most fights fans consider Khabib Nurmagomedov as one of the best fighters in the world. The Dagestani fighter has destroyed every opponent he has faced in the octagon with his deadly wrestling skills. No fighter has ever got the better of him in the octagon. 

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Throughout his perfect professional career of 29 wins and no losses, Khabib has defeated many great fighters. Some of his most remarkable opponents have been Rafael dos Anjos, Conor McGregor, and Dustin Poirier. Khabib’s strength and fight IQ is one of the most impressive.

‘The Eagle’ was also the UFC lightweight champion and defended his title until his retirement. Nurmagomedov had three title defenses. The undefeated fighter announced his retirement after his win against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

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Nurmagomedov retired from fighting, following the death of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, to whom he attributes his entire career. His father taught him to fight and served as a mentor for Khabib and many other Dagestani fighters. ‘The Eagle‘ stated that following his father’s tragic death, he made a promise to his mother that he would not fight.

However, some individuals do not think Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the greatest fighters in history. Colby Covington, the former interim welterweight champion, is one of these individuals.

Covington detailed his reasoning in a recent interview with MMA News.

Covington believes Nurmagomedov is in the conversation as a G.O.A.T (Greatest of all time) fighter, but also believes Khabib has his shortcomings.

“He never defended his title that many times. He took a lot of breaks. And you know, he never really had someone that was well-rounded that fought him. He fought a bunch of strikers,” said Covington.

 “It was good timing for his career… He didn’t have to find anybody that could wrestle and strike with him… I don’t consider him the greatest of all time. I mean, he has a great resume. Undefeated, retiring undefeated is a great mark. But definitely, he didn’t challenge, or he didn’t defend that title enough times. And you know he didn’t beat enough high-level names to really speak for his resume as the GOAT. “

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What is Khabib Nurmagomedov doing post-retirement?

From his fighting career, the Dagestani established a legacy at the UFC. He is now utilizing that legacy to amass a fortune for himself. “The Eagle’ is a terrific entrepreneur who now owns a number of businesses.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA SEPTEMBER 2, 2021: Mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks at the 2nd New Knowledge educational marathon (forum). The New Knowledge Forum runs from 1 to 3 September 2021 as a new school year begins in Russia. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom GeodakyanTASS via Getty Images)

He owns and operates his own MMA club in Russia, which he took over after his father. The fighter also has his own water and sportswear brand. He also co-founded a football and MMA club with Clarence Seedorf, The Seedorf Khabib Performance Club. The Russian also has his own cellphone service named after his fight moniker- Eagle Mobile.

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Do you agree with Covington? Let us know in the comments.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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