Jose Aldo vs Khabib Nurmagomedov: Who Has the Better Numbers?

Published 12/05/2021, 10:45 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov is seen ahead of his UFC Lightweight Championship match against Dustin Poirier (not seen) at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 6, 2019. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


Khabib Nurmagomedov is regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time. Be it in the ring or outside, the bear-wrestling Russian doesn’t back out of any situation. Previously, Khabib came into the limelight after making comments about Jose Aldo.

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According to a theory proposed by ‘The Eagle’, “Once a fighter falls off, he is done for good”. Consequently, during a press conference, Khabib made some comments regarding Aldo. This led both the fighters’ fandom into a frenzy. The passionate debate about who had better stats between the two came to life.

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Let’s take a look at the numbers earned by the two fighters in their professional MMA career.

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Stats put by Khabib Nurmagomedov

Both the fighters boast some very incredible numbers. Khabib holds a jaw-dropping 29 wins record with no loss ever in his professional career. He has defeated some big guns in the game like Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, and Rafael dos Anjos. He retired after defeating Justin Gaethje back in 2020.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019, in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 33-year-old became the UFC lightweight champion in 2018. He ended up defending the belt three times. Before retiring,’ The Eagle’ has 8 wins by knockout and 11 wins by submission. He also showed a striking accuracy of 49% along with a grappling accuracy of 48%

Still, many fans claim that he didn’t face enough tough competition in his UFC career.

Stats put by Jose Aldo

Jose Aldo made his professional debut 17 years ago and is still defeating top contenders. He continues to evolve even after accomplishing everything he has in the sport. Undoubtedly, Aldo is one of the greatest of all time.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 07: Jose Aldo of Brazil walks out prior to facing Pedro Munhoz of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 265 event at Toyota Center on August 07, 2021, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

He recently won his bout against Rob Font. This was his 31st victory. Besides this, he has 7 losses. ‘Junior’ has faced some very tough opponents in his career. In addition to Rob, his opponent list included names like Max Holloway, Petr Yan, Conor McGregor, and Alexander Volkanovski.

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The Brazilian defended his UFC Featherweight title 7 times. He has won 17 matches by knockout and 1 by submission. Aldo’s striking and grappling accuracy is at 45% and 57% respectively.

Who has better numbers between the two?

If we closely compare the two only on the stats they put, Jose Aldo seems to be slightly ahead of Khabib. However, Khabib’s 29 winning streak is an achievement many can only dream of.

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Who do you think has a better record? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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