Is a Fight Between Israel Adesanya and Khabib Nurmagomedov Possible?

Published 06/07/2021, 12:15 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts after his submission victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout 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)


Khabib Nurmagomedov has the most impressive UFC record in history. ‘The Eagle’ is undefeated across his professional MMA career and has a record of (29-0).

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As Nurmagomedov is undefeated in the UFC and across MMA, fans have often wanted to see him compete with top fighters in the promotion.

One such fighter is UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Many people have often talked about wanting to watch these two outstanding fighters compete. However, it seems highly unlikely that a fight between the two will ever happen.

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Khabib is retired and has often stated that he has no desire to come back and compete once again. Even if he does, ‘The Eagle’ has stated many times that he won’t change weight classes to fight anyone.

Adesanya is already 2 weight classes above Nurmagomedov and now has even fought in the Light Heavyweight. Therefore, it becomes very tough for them to compete in a weight class that suits both of them.

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Adesanya and Nurmagomedov certainly have a lot of respect for each other. In an interview, Nurmagomedov talked about how he thought ‘The Last Stylebender’ is one of the biggest superstars in the UFC.

While Adesanya has often talked about how he did not like Nurmagomedov in his early days, but after watching him closely, he became his fan.

How would a fight between Israel Adesanya and Khabib Nurmagomedov pan out?

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While it is quite possible that a fight between Adesanya and Nurmagomedov may never happen. Fans and critics from all over the world have often shared their views on how the fight might go. While there is no question about the talent and greatness of Khabib Nurmagomedov, many believe that the size difference would be too much for him to overcome.

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‘The Last Stlylebender’ is tall, has quick feet, and great striking skills. And while Nurmagomedov might do damage to Adesanya if he gets him on the ground, many believe Adesanya’s striking would be enough for him to emerge victorious.

What do you think, will a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Adesanya ever happen? Who do you think will win if the fight happens? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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