Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from mixed martial arts following his October 2020 title defense, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest to have ever graced the sport. The GOAT debate in the MMA community will be ever-raging, but Belal Muhammad knows where he sits in it.
The top-five UFC welterweight recently spoke to fans on social media and explained why he sees Khabib as the greatest of all time:
"I consider him [Khabib] the GOAT, because like I said, it's so easy, as you saw with these last couple main events, where one wrong move, one slip, and the fight's over. You could lose a fight so easily."
'Remember the Name' further elaborated:
"Your knee could buckle, you could get checked all of a sudden you're down and you have a guy go that many fights undefeated, unblemished, no bleeding, like, that's why I consider him the GOAT. I don't care who you're fighting against, anything could go wrong in there."
Catch Muhammad's thoughts on Khabib's legacy below:
Watch Muhammad's full interaction with his fans below:
He explained how difficult it is to maintain impeccable control and focus over the course of multiple fights on the grandest stage and remain untouchable.
Muhammad was likely referencing recent injuries that caused main events to be cut short. A week after Brian Ortega dislocated his elbow on Long Island, Tom Aspinall suffered a serious knee injury in the main event of UFC London in London.
Khabib Nurmagomedov's case for being the GOAT
Khabib Nurmagomedov's professional record speaks volumes. He went undefeated across 29 fights in his career, spanning multiple promotions. After signing with the UFC, he went on a 13-fight win streak up until his retirement.
More impressively, 'The Eagle' arguably never lost a round in his UFC career and dominated virtually all of his opponents. He did all of this while suffering minimal damage despite going up against the highest pedigree of fighters.
Despite all this, Khabib Nurmagomedov and his camp have been known to have extremely down-to-earth personalities, as Belal Muhammad himself stated about his experience training with them:
"Khabib was another level, man. There's different types of grapplers and strengths. His whole team, honestly, another level. They train different, but it was always good. Like as humble as they could be. Always great learning from the GOAT."
Khabib is currently helping protege Islam Makhachev in his training camp ahead of the 30-year-old's championship bout against Charles Oliveira at UFC 280.
'The Eagle' posted on Instagram in support of Islam Makhachev, noting that he's anticipating a great match between the two elite lightweight contenders.