‘The Eagle’ Khabib Nurmagomedov was recently in the news as he blatantly revealed his top 15 MMA fighters of all time. The list did ruffle a few feathers but most of it was well-arranged. Jon Jones and Fedor Emelianenko were tied at the top spot, while GSP, Anderson Silva, Demetrious Johnson, and Khabib’s very dear friend Daniel Cormier completed the top five of his list.
Henry Cejudo, Jose Aldo, and Kamaru Usman, all previous UFC champions, get a place in the top ten. Israel Adesanya, who is one of the few still competing champions, is ranked ninth. Earlier this month, “The Last Stylebender” defeated Alex Pereira to reclaim his UFC middleweight championship. BJ Penn, a former lightweight and welterweight UFC champion, completes the top ten.
My mma GOAT top 15
15) Dominic Cruz/Frankie Edgar
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) April 12, 2023
Surprisingly Khabib who has a professional record of 29-0 excluded himself from the top 15. Numerous experts and Nurmagomedov’s rivals in the ring rank him highly among the best fighters. Although the former lightweight champion only defended his belt thrice, the level of dominance he imposed on his opponents is something we have never seen. Khabib, who entered the UFC octagon 12 times only lost two rounds in his entire career. There were hardly any moments where he got into serious trouble in a fight. If not the greatest Khabib certainly stands tall as one of the best to ever enter the cage.
Fans react to Khabib Nurmagomedov GOAT list?
Khabib Nurmagomedov certainly has a fandom of his known. You will find a group of people who are absolute worshippers of Khabib and consider him as the GOAT, while some will try to bring him down by saying he didn’t defend the belt s many times and retired prematurely. Here are some of the reactions after ‘The Eagle’ revealed his top-15 list.
Unmatched King 🥇 pic.twitter.com/pLRNHaw9BY
— 𝕽𝖆𝖎𝖓𝖒𝖆𝖐𝖊𝖗❂ (@Sa_Gwang) April 14, 2023
and the fact got improved every fight and defended the title with finishes. while we have seen adesanya kamaru Usman grind out decisions playing safe.
— doctor cool (@docmkam) April 14, 2023
Regardless of the debate surrounding his list, there is no denying that Khabib’s legacy in MMA is significant. His record of 29-0 and level of dominance over his opponents has left a lasting impression on the sport, and he will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the greatest fighters to ever step into the cage.