Khabib Nurmagamedov might just be the most dominant fighter on the planet today… Now his father has confirmed they’re going for 30-0…
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagamedov possesses one of the most incredible records in all of MMA. After beating Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi he improved his unbeaten record to 28-0. Nobody has really come close to beating him. Arguably ‘The Diamond’ was his biggest test, after sinking in a tight guillotine. But Khabib survived.
The Russian’s oppressive top game and vicious ground-and-pound have proven to be an unsolvable problem. Everybody knows what he’s going to do, but nobody seems able to stop it. He takes you down, then drags you to the fence, and batters you until a submission opportunity arises. If no opening comes, then he just keeps beating you up, so it’s a harrowing experience.
Khabib’s dad has confirmed that his son will retire if he reaches 30-0. Why would he want to keep getting punched in the head?
Abdulmanap Nurmagamedov is one of the most respected MMA coaches in Russia. He holds the awesome title of ‘Master of Sports’ and finally got to be in his son’s corner in Abu Dhabi. Normally, he’s unable to attend UFC events because of visa issues in the US. He insists that his son will call it quits after 30-0, as he told BJ Penn.com:
“For Khabib, 30-0 is enough. Regarding his last fight, then, of course, we would like his final title defence to be in Moscow.”
Enjoy the champion while you can!
Yesterday, Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz broke the internet by stating that his client’s next fight will not be against Tony Ferguson. Despite the American being the most deserving challenger, it’s not what Khabib wants. They’re gunning for a clash with Canadian legend Georges St. Pierre. Abdelaziz told TMZ:
“As far as I know, GSP is next. That is what I want. Tony doesn’t get what he wants. We get what Khabib wants, and if Khabib calls me and says he wants Georges St-Pierre, Georges St-Pierre will be next.”
There are two major issues with this. First of all, the UFC doesn’t want GSP to fight for the lightweight title. We all know that he’s not going to defend it and also, they don’t want one of their most stacked divisions to get messed up. The second problem is that ‘Rush’ is officially retired. They’ll have to make him an offer he can’t refuse.
Khabib is definitely the most dominant champion in the UFC, except for Jon Jones. He’s never truly looked like he’s been tested and it’s hard to imagine anybody finally beating him. Unless Tony Ferguson can just go crazy and shock the world, you’d expect Khabib to do the same to him like everybody else.
While Ferguson is the fight that should happen, a clash with GSP would be interesting. For the first time, ‘The Eagle’ might be an underdog. He’d be giving up a size advantage to the former middleweight and welterweight champion, but ‘Rush’ is ageing, so this might not be an issue. Wait and see.