“Khabib Could Do That to Almost Anybody Except Maybe Oliveira”- Joe Rogan Explains What Would Happen if Khabib Nurmagomedov Fought Charles Oliveira 

Published 12/25/2021, 8:30 AM EST
PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 27: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on September 27, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)


Many regard Khabib Nurmagomedov as one of the greatest lightweights ever to grace the octagon. Before retiring, the Dagestani fighter scored a total of 29 wins, with no losses in his entire pro-MMA career. Besides his undefeated record, he was the longest-reigning UFC lightweight champion.

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Khabib’s reign over the lightweight division spanned from April 2018 to March 2021. In his UFC career, he defeated UFC legends like Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Rafael dos Anjos and many more. ‘The Eagle’ announced his retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje with a clean triangle choke in the second round.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SEPTEMBER 7, 2019: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at a news conference after defending his title in a bout against interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier at the UFC 242 mixed martial arts tournament. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

Currently, Charles Oliveira rules the lightweight division. He recently defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 with a standing rare-naked-choke. Consequently, ‘do Bronx’ holds the record for most wins by submission. As Khabib and Oliveira are both great at what they do, the MMA community started to compare Charles’s skills to Khabib’s.

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UFC color-commentator and podcast host Joe Rogan also gave his two cents on this debate. He speculated on a potential matchup between the two. Joe, while talking about Khabib vs Charles said, Khabib could do that(defeat) to almost anybody except maybe Oliveira”

Rogan also shared, “That would have been the fight and maybe it could be still. Khabib might decide at one point in time, you know”. Khabib has ventured into the MMA promotion business and has been acting as a coach since his retirement. As of now, he has not hinted at coming back from his retirement.

Joe Rogan’s views about Khabib and Oliveira

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Joe also talked about the amazing skill-set both the fighters possess. He compared Nurmagomedov’s fighting style to Oliviera‘s submission power. Rogan branded Khabib as one of the ‘best submission artists’ and greatest fighters of all time. With both fighters boasting similar fighting styles, Joe predicted the potential bout to be very interesting.

As of now, Olivera is most likely to fight Justin Gaethje for his 2nd title defense in the coming year.

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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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