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According to the martial arts statistics site Tapology, UFC light UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is 6th on the list of the 10 best martial arts fighters in MMA history.
According to the latest Tapology chart, number one goes to Georges St-Pierre. The Canadian legend is a former UFC 2 weight class champion that includes mid and mid-range.
St-Pierre retired in 2017 after his victory over Michael Bisping. In 28 attempts, the 39-year-old former boxer won 26 times and successfully defended the title 9 times.
The second runner-up is Jon Jones. The heavyweight champions 13 times defended the title and lost only one game to Matt Hamill because of a 2009 rule.
In third place is Anderson Silva, a former mid-tier UFC champion who holds the longest record of dominating the title with 2,457 days. The other two names in the top 5 are Demetrious Johnson and Fedor Emelianenko.
As soon as this ranking was released, there was quite a bit of controversy about Khabib’s position, although he was the only fighter in the top 10 to achieve unbeaten performance.
When Khabib announced his retirement after his victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, many experts, boxers and fans immediately called him GOAT (Greatest of all time). This issue still caused a lot of controversy, but the fact that Tapology eliminated Khabib from the top 5 was completely opposed.
The remaining four positions in the top 10 are Daniel Cormier, Jose Aldo, Randy Couture and Stipe Miocic. Meanwhile, UFC star Conor McGregor is ranked 16th.
At UFC 254 on October 25, light champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said the victory over Justin Gaethje was also his last.
At UFC 254, the results did not come as much of a surprise. Gaethje still actively attacked with pillars and punches. Meanwhile, Khabib is also confident to stand, combining the forte.
In the final seconds of the first half, Khabib put Gaethje locked in the armbar (after the successful wrestling. Fortunately for the American boxer time the first half ran out. Gaethje’s turret, Khabib fell over his opponent and ended with a triangular lock.
This victory helped Khabib successfully defend the UFC light-weight championship belt and extended his unbeaten run to 29. However, his decision to quit MMA made many fans regret.
Previously, Khabib suggested retiring after reaching a record of 30 victories according to his father’s wishes. After the match, instead of celebrating his victory, the Russian boxer dropped his face on the floor and cried because he remembered his father.
The great achievements that martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov created in the UFC village will certainly be difficult to break.
Boxer Justin Gaethje does what’s best he can. For now, however, Khabib cannot be stopped. At UFC 254 in the morning of October 25, the Russian lightweight champion defeated rival Gaethje after a triangle lock in the second half.
MMA expert Jason Burgos of the famous martial arts site Sherdog believes that Khabib has created a great legacy in the UFC village, and that achievement is difficult to overthrow.
In the first half, Khabib was a bit dangerous when he received very strong attacks from Gaethje. I think Gaethje had the first half not so bad. Even, he is probably the one who scored more with the judge.
However, in the second half, Khabib completely dominated. The Russian boxer’s grappling technique is above the rest. We can see this in how he overwhelmed Gaethje and won. With Khabib, fans are seeing the most talented MMA fighter of all time.I was surprised by his decision, but not as much as a year ago. All know Khabib suffered a great loss when losing a father who has been deeply attached to him throughout his career. Today, Khabib shows mentally solid and unaffected by personal issues.
The image of Khabib sobbing after the match was really touching. It’s like the story of Michael Jordan, who won his third NBA championship in his career after experiencing the shock of losing his respectable father. So I’m not too surprised when Khabib retires.
However, I have a feeling that the legendary Georges St-Pierre could bring Khabib back to the ring. When Khabib’s father was still alive, he always wanted to see his son compare to Georges St-Pierre. One day, when Khabib realizes his father’s dream, I believe he will return and that is the biggest reason for this fighter to return. Khabib is definitely the greatest light fighter of all time. He is also one of the top grappling fighters in the history of MMA, and ranks among the greatest UFC champions.
Khabib is the dominant force of the UFC village. The technique that this martial artist uses is not new in the modern environment, but that does not mean that this is a “ugly” fighter (referring to grappling forte).
Khabib’s fighting style is also a weakness because it is easy to predict, but no opponent can exploit. Simply by the pressure and skill of Russian boxers always overwhelms the opponent. Everyone knew what Khabib would do when he entered the iron cage, but the problem was that no name could stop it.