‘Khabib is Not Part of the G.O.A.T Mountain’- Henry Cejudo Plays Down Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Achievements

Published 04/21/2021, 10:09 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo is interviewed by Megan Olivi after his victory during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)


Former two-division UFC champion, Henry Cejudo, revealed his Mount Rushmore for the GOAT of MMA. ‘The Messenger’ ranked the greatest fighters of all time by his opinion. Surprisingly, former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov didn’t make the cut for the GOAT list of MMA.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

‘Triple-C’ didn’t include himself in the list as well. Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, and Demetrious Johnson are the four to make the cut on Cejudo’s list. “When we talk about goat mountain, Khabib is not a part of the GOAT mountain in combat sports. He’s not a part of I’m not even part of GOAT mountain to be quite honest with you,” said Cejudo in an interview with Helen Yee.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

But even when it comes to combat sports, he’s a part of that mountain. But my take it’s, it’s Demetrious Johnson, Jon Jones. Anderson Silva. GSP,” he added.

The former Olympic gold-medalist also added that he doesn’t care too much about the opinions of fans, even though he likes to entertain them with his cringy personality. Rather, he focuses on what other legends of the sport have to say about things from time to time.

Henry Cejudo makes GOAT mountain of combat sports

Nurmagomedov might not have made Cejudo’s list of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, but he was included in the list of the greatest combat athletes of all time. ‘Triple-C’ made yet another Mount Rushmore where he gave himself the No.1 spot, and the likes of Nurmagomedov, Daniel Cormier, and Fabricio Werdum made the cut.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo prepares to fight Dominick Cruz in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The interesting fact about Cejudo’s lists is that none of the mentioned fighters compete actively in the UFC at the moment. Silva was let go after his defeat to Uriah Hall. GSP is retired and ‘Mighty Mouse’ currently pursues his trade in One Championship. Jon Jones‘s future is in jeopardy as he and the UFC can’t agree on terms related to payment for his heavyweight debut.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Cejudo is retired, and so are Nurmagomedov and Daniel Cormier. Fabricio Werdum competes in PFL currently and is expected to make his debut there soon. Nevertheless, fans got to know what one of the greatest of all time thinks about other greats.

What did you make of Henry Cejudo’s list? Let us know your thoughts.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Apratim Banerjee

977 articles

Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT