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Oliveira will be lightweight GOAT if he beats Islam, says Michael Bisping

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Calendar Icon18 October 2022

Former UFC champion Michael Bisping believes that Charles Oliveira will be the Lightweight GOAT if he beats Islam Makhachev at UFC 280.

Bisping noted that Oliveira will overcome Khabib and become the GOAT if he recaptures the title in Abu Dhabi.

“Greatest lightweight of all time? I think if Charles beats Islam this weekend, I think that belongs to Charles now. I really do. I think he will have surpassed him simply because he’s taken out all the top contenders. And it’s not Khabib’s fault, but you cannot deny the numbers, the momentum, the history that Oliveira’s making,” Bisping said in a recent interview (h/t MMA Junkie)

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He also addressed how dominant Khabib was when he was fighting.

“Here’s the case for Khabib: his record, 29-0, 13-0 in the UFC, and he was one of the most dominant fighters that the UFC had ever seen. In 60 career rounds, this man only lost two rounds: Round 1 against Justin Gaethje, very, very close, and Round 3 against Conor McGregor, again very, very close. He was never even knocked down, and he was never even rocked,” Bisping added.

While continuing, Bisping said that Khabib did not stick around enough.

“All we ever saw was him win and dominate people, but he retired at 32 years old after three title defenses and two-and-a-half-years as champion of the world,” Bisping said. “That’s fantastic, but if he had stuck around longer, would we have seen him lose the belt? Would we have seen him get challenged? We’ll never know, and that is one of the real arguments for Khabib not being the pound-for-pound No. 1,” he added.

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