‘Khabib Nurmagomedov Fans Online Are Worse Than Conor Fans’- Paddy Pimblett Says He’s Been Called a Muslim Hater Because of His Recent Comments

Published 08/24/2021, 6:18 AM EDT


The former Cage Warriors champion, Paddy Pimblett, has joined the UFC and has made waves before even entering the octagon. Recently, in an interview, ‘The Baddy’ revealed who he thinks is the greatest UFC fighter of all time is. However, he preferred Jon Jones over Khabib Nurmagomedov in that debate, mentioning the former’s number of title defenses.

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Those comments have caused quite the stir online as Pimblett has faced the backlash of Khabib fans. Recently, ‘The Baddy’, who was asked to comment on the same, had a fitting response to his critics. Pimblett compared Nurmagomedov’s fans to Conor McGregor’s fans.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia announces his retirement in the Octagon after his 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)

Like, the Khabib fans online are worse than the Conor fans now. It’s embarrassing. You can’t say a bad word about him. I said that he’s not the GOAT, but said he is that 155 GOAT, and people took no notice of that and just, ‘oh, you said he’s not the GOAT, this and that’. I started getting called a Muslim hater because I said he wasn’t the greatest of all time,” said Pimblett recently.

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And he’s not. I don’t care what anyone says, he’s not the GOAT. You’ve got to have longevity in this sport to be the GOAT, and he hasn’t had longevity. He had three title defenses. Jon Jones has had what, 12?” he added. (h/t MiddleEasy)

Fans expect Pimblett to achieve big things inside the UFC Octagon. The British star has joined with astronomical expectations. If he can live up to those remains to be seen.

Is Paddy Pimblett’s assessment on Khabib Nurmagomedov correct?

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Well, the G.O.A.T. debate is a complicated matter in itself. While ‘The Eagle’ has been nothing short of phenomenal in his UFC career, it’s hard to argue against Jon Jones’s case for that title.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 247 event at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Also, as Pimblett mentioned, the Dagestani is no doubt the best lightweight to ever fight in the UFC. So, it’s understandable why he was so worked up by the online hate directed at him by fans of Nurmagomedov.

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What do you make of Paddy Pimblett’s response to the reactions to his comment on Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jon Jones? Let us know in the comments section.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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.

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