“If He’d Stuck Around Longer”- Here Is What Dana White Thinks About Khabib Nurmagomedov Being Labeled as the G.O.A.T.

Published 01/02/2022, 10:30 AM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA AUGUST 18, 2021: Russian mixed martial artist and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov gives a news conference. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS (Photo by Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)


Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most dominant fighters in UFC history. Many consider the Dagestani to be the greatest fighter of all time. Nurmagomedov is a former UFC lightweight champion. In his entire career, Khabib has never lost a professional fight.

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The fighter once stood first in the UFC’s men’s pound for pound rankings. During his run at the UFC, the fighter dominated many of the promotion’s greatest fighters. Khabib has victories over Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, and Conor McGregor.

However, the UFC president and head honcho, Dana White, doesn’t consider Khabib to be the greatest of all time. In a recent interview with the legendary boxing trainer and analyst, Teddy Atlas, White talked about the same.

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Atlas asked White about who is his favorite fighter of all time. To that, White answered, “Chuck Liddell and Ronda Rousey are two people who really helped build this business, you know, super loyal.

He added, “I think Khabib Nurmagomedov probably could be called the greatest ever, who knows. If he’d stuck around longer…It was unfortunate, the passing of his father.”

Khabib announced his retirement from professional fighting after the sad demise of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. His father was his trainer and mentor throughout his life. He often attributes all his success to his father.

Khabib is not the only fighter that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has trained. He mentored numerous Dagestani fighters, including Islam Makhachev and Zubaira Tukhugov.

After his father’s death, White tried to convince Nurmagomedov to return to the UFC. However, Khabib stood by his word. Khabib is now, like his father, a trainer for Islam Makhachev and other Dagestani fighters.

Dana White says Khabib Nurmagomedov has too much money

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Nurmagomedov’s net worth is reportedly about $40 million. After retiring, the Russian began numerous of his own business projects, which appear to be doing exceptionally well for him at the moment. Khabib owns a fighting promotion, a mobile network company, a clothing brand, a nutrition brand, and many other businesses.

KAZAN, RUSSIA MAY 29, 2021: Retired MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov (R), who held the UFC Lightweight title from April 2018 to March 2021, attends EFC 36 Eagle Fighting Championship at Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)

In his interview with Teddy Atlas, Dana White expressed his thought on Khabib’s current situation. He said,” He’s just gotten to a point in his life where you’ve got so much money it changes everything.”

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“The fight business is a tough business to get up and go to every day when you’ve got that kind of money,” White continued.

What do you make of White’s comments? Let us know in the comments section below.

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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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