Rafael Dos Anjos feels that Kamaru Usman is a better fighter when compared to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Rafael Dos Anjos is the only fighter that has fought both Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kamaru Usman. The former UFC champion was recently quizzed about who is the better among the two and he had an interesting take on the question.
“Oh, definitely Usman. I can tell you that because 12 weeks before my fight with Khabib, I was training in the cage and my ear got stuck in the cage. I split my ear. It took 14 stitches to close it and I almost lost my ear. So I pretty much didn’t train any wrestling for that fight. I had no scrambles, no grappling, none of that. It was more feet and and knees and sparring and stuff like that,” Dos Anjos noted during the interview.
He further went on to note that he actually trained a lot of wrestling for Usman but still got taken down by the UFC Welterweight champion.
“For Usman, I actually trained a lot of wrestling and he still took me down. He still controlled me. It was a five-round fight and I feel like Usman brought tougher competition for me,” he noted.
Interestingly, RDA had claimed sometime back that Khabib tapped during their fight and had called for a rematch with the former UFC Champion. A long list of fighters has come out questioning the legacy of Khabib lately with Charles Oliveira even calling out the former champion for a showdown.
The Russian, however, has been busy with his career outside fighting and has found success as a coach and as a promoter.
What do you think about the comments from Rafael Dos Anjos? Who do you think is better when comparing Khabib and Usman? Let us know in the comments below.