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He would have lost if he continued: Demetrious Johnson on Khabib Nurmagomedov

LockerRoom Team
16 August 2022

Former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson believes that Khabib Nurmagomedov would have lost a fight if he had continued fighting.

Johnson talked about the same during his recent appearance on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and added that the Dagestani fighter got out unscathed.

"I think, the more time you spend in this sport, your chances [of losing] get higher, for you getting knocked out or anything like that. You know, Khabib got out unscathed, 29-0? If Khabib continued to keep on fighting, he would have lost one of these, he would have lost,” Johnson noted (h/t Sportskeeda)

Khabib has been busy with Eagle FC and coaching ever since he retired from MMA and had a professional record of 29-0 on his resume and a UFC record of 13-0.

A long list of fighters has come out questioning the legacy of Khabib recently including the likes of Charles Oliveira and Anthony Pettis. In fact, UFC President Dana White himself noted that Khabib retired too early and that the Russian cannot be part of the GOAT conversation.

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Dana even left out Khabib from his all-time top five fighters which included the likes of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey.

Khabib retired at the age of 32 after the death of his father and noted that he would not compete inside the octagon again in the absence of his father.

He has been called out multiple times since his retirement but Khabib has decided to stay put in his decision and is currently focused on pushing Islam Makhachev to the top of the UFC Lightweight division.

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What do you think of the statement from Demetrious Johnson? Do you think Khabib would have lost if he had continued fighting? Let us know in the comments below. 


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