Khabib Nurmagomedov will forever be remembered as one of the finest mixed marital artists in history thanks to his 12-year unbeaten career – but he might not be the greatest of all-time.
The former UFC Lightweight Champion dominated the division following his switch to the promotion from ProFC back in 2012, achieving notable victories over Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje.
Despite having only recently turned 32, The Eagle emotionally called time on his career after promising his mother he wouldn't fight without his father in his corner following Abdulmanap's death in July of 2020.
UFC boss Dana White has often been asked who he believes to be the greatest fighter in the history of the promotion – and has again leaned away from Khabib due to his early departure.
"It’s so hard." White began on THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas.
"I mean Chuck Liddell and Ronda Rousey are two people who really helped build this business, you know, super loyal.
"Right now, I think Kamaru Usman is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, what he’s accomplished in the past few years is amazing…
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"I think Khabib Nurmagomedov probably could be called the greatest ever, who knows, if he’d stuck around longer. It was unfortunate, the passing of his father."
Adding: "You know, he’s just gotten to a point in his life where, you know how that goes too, when you’ve got so much money it changes everything.
"The fight business is a tough business to get up and go to every day when you’ve got that kind of money."
Other popular name in the debate is that of Canadian Georges St-Pierre, with the former Welterweight and Middleweight king winning 26 of his 28 fights.
However, White said after Usman's second win over Colby Covington in November that he believes the Nigerian to be the best in the history of St-Pierre's former division.
He said: "This guy is the best ever. He's the best welterweight of all time. He is on his way to possible GOAT status."
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