“Khabib Only Beat 3 Decent People”- Paddy Pimblett Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Not the Greatest of All Time

Published 08/20/2021, 5:23 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia attempts to submit Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The UFC has a new superstar in their ranks. The promotion has signed Englishman, Paddy Pimblett from Cage Warriors. While ‘The Baddy’ is yet to fight inside the Octagon, anticipations around him are high. Recently, Pimblett addressed a consensus claim around the G.O.A.T. debate of the UFC. Many believe Khabib Nurmagomedov is the greatest UFC fighter of all time.

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Well, Pimblett doesn’t agree with that view as he believes Nurmagomedov doesn’t have enough big names in his record to claim that spot. Instead, ‘The Baddy’ believes it’s the former light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, who should be considered the greatest fighter of all time because of his enormous resume over the years.

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He is the GOAT, lad. Like he’s done some stupid sh** over the years, but it just shows how good he is. That he was doing all that stupid sh** and was still beating the who’s who of light heavyweight contenders. Anyone that says he’s not the GOAT is brain-dead to me, you know what I mean,” said Pimblett about Jones in a chat with MMA On Point.

Like, look at the names he beat. Beat Shogun for the belt, Rashad, Rampage, Machida, Gustafsson twice, Cormier twice. I mean, when you look at the names, how anyone can say he’s not the GOAT is just,” he further added.

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)

Like, yeah, GSP is another one who’s up there. Anderson Silva in his prime. Khabib only beat like three decent people. I don’t understand how people can say Khabib is the GOAT, lad. I just don’t get it,” said Pimblett about Nurmagomedov.

Is Paddy Pimblett right on his take on Khabib Nurmagomedov?

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While ‘The Eagle’ Khabib Nurmagomedov has been as dominant as one can ever imagine a fighter to be, Jones went through a row of legends and up and comers to prove his status. From being the youngest UFC champion to defending the belt so many times, it’s hard to argue the body of work ‘Bones’ has put in.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SEPTEMBER 7, 2019: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (R) and interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier fight in their title unification bout at the UFC 242 mixed martial arts tournament. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

That being said, Nurmagomedov has done nothing else but maul the best lightweight fighters in the world. So, ‘The Eagle’ is certainly right up there, along with the likes of Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre.

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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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