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He won the title against Al Iaquinta: Pettis says Khabib cannot be considered as GOAT

LockerRoom Team
28 July 2022

Former UFC champion Anthony Pettis feels that Khabib Nurmagomedov cannot be considered as the Greatest of All Time. Speaking to LowKick MMA recently, Anthony Pettis noted that Khabib has not done enough and addressed the fact that Khabib won the UFC Lightweight title by beating an unranked Al Iaquinta.

“You know, I think – I moved down to ‘45, I fought at ‘70 – I fought all over the place. It’s hard to say Khabib (Nurmagomedov) because he didn’t fight everybody. He won the world title fighting Al Iaquinta. Al Iaquinta wasn’t even ranked at the time, so, you know,” Pettis said (h/t BJ PENN).

Pettis further went on to note that fighters like BJ Penn deserve more recognition.

“And then he fought some good guys after that and then he retired, so it’s hard to say he’s the GOAT. He’s definitely one of the best. But like, guys like B.J. Penn, you know – like that’s a guy for me that, you know, if he wouldn’t have came back and lost a couple of fights, we all would be talking about B.J. as the GOAT, you know, one of the first,” Pettis added.

Khabib retired from MMA after his win over Justin Gaethje a few years back and has been busy as a coach and promoter ever since. Recently, a string of fighters has come out questioning the legacy of Khabib.

The Dagestan superstar will be seen ringside at UFC 280 next as he is expected to corner Islam Makhachev who fights for the UFC Lightweight title against Charles Oliveira in Abu Dhabi.

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What makes him the best for me is he always fought the same fight, and no one ever beat him. He made ppl like McGregor look stupid just by being his humble self. I don’t think he could fight without his dad. And he was a grappler his kicks and strikes weren’t the best, so he’s not an all rounder! But I love him just the same! Look at the good his doing by being a trainer! Leave him be now… let his students speak for him now. ????

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