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Israel Adesanya is better than Khabib: Debate heats up after UFC 287

LockerRoom Team
11 April 2023

Israel Adesanya or Khabib Nurmagomedov? Who is better?

The debate about the Greatest of All Time List has been ongoing for some time. One of the names that have prominently featured on the GOAT list is Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The former UFC Lightweight champion had an unblemished record in professional MMA and was one of the most dominant UFC fighters ever. This has earned Khabib a place in the GOAT Conversation but people have been pointing out that he retired too early.

The conversations regarding Khabib’s GOAT status were put back into the picture the last day after UFC 287 when Isreal Adesanya avenged his loss against Alex Pereira in the main event.

“Israel Adesanya is higher on the GOAT list than Khabib,” a user (wonderbreadmma) noted on Twitter.

This was backed up by Sean O’Malley’s coach Tim Welch who recently hailed Adesanya on the recent video posted on the YouTube channel of Sean O Malley.

"That was one of the sickest things I've ever f*cking seen, dude. That has to — for the pound-for-pound list, it's almost like, are you pound-for-pound like a Khabib, who just goes through and doesn't lose, or you get your ass whooped by this dude and then you come back and then you f*ck him up. Like, dude, that is next level,” he said.

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A long list of replies on the tweet from WonderbreadMMA as well. You can see some responses below.

“I respect khabibs reasoning to retire but its so hard to even put him in the top 5 GOAT conversation when he only defended 3 times”

“Almost every great is higher than him in the goat list but khabib will always be the best p4p fighter of all time, his style is perfect for mma. He beats anyone p4p, whether you like him or no and whether you’re racist or not”

“Khabib always the first name to be brought up in goat conversations after a big UFC event. Hmm I wonder why”

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What do you think of the GOAT conversations? Let us know in the comments below.


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