UFC legend Khabib snubs rival Conor McGregor as he names his MMA GOAT top 15
KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has risked the wrath of Conor McGregor by removing him from his list of greatest of all time.
The GOAT debate is an ongoing debate in the mixed martial arts, with fans and fighters alike seeming to revise their lists at least once a year.
Retired lightweight Nurmagomedov has often found himself in conversation, although he ended it at the peak of his powers.
The Dagestani destroyer rarely shared his thoughts on the debate, although he did so in a rare tweet on Wednesday night.
He tweeted: “My MMA GOAT Top 15.
“1 – Fedor Emelianenko / Jon Jones. 2 – Georges St-Pierre. 3 – Anderson Silva. 3 – Demetrius Johnson
“5 – Daniel Cormier. 6 – Henry Cejudo. 7 – Jose Aldo. 8 – Kamaru Usman – 9 – Israel Adesanya.
10 – BJ Penn 11 – Royce Gracie. 12) Randy Couture/Cain Velasquez. 13. Dan Henderson/ Maurico Shogun Rua
“14 – Mirko CroCop / Stipe Miocic. 15 – Dominick Cruz / Frankie Edgar.”
Most mixed martial arts fans didn’t have a glaring problem with Nurmagomedov’s list, although they couldn’t help but notice that he left out bitter rival Conor McGregor.
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One UFC fan tweeted, “Conor?”
Another said: “You forgot someone.”
And another said: “Seems like you left someone.”
One asked: “What about Conor McGregor?”
Another chimed in: “It’s a good list but by excluding Conor it means you’ve never defeated a great fighter of all time.”
Nurmagomedov and McGregor, both 34, faced off almost five years ago in the main event of UFC 229 – the largest pay-per-view event in the promotion’s history.
Dagestani destroyer Nurmagomedov won the grudge match by submission in the fourth round before jumping the cage to attack McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis.
And The Eagle was disappointed that McGregor gave up so quickly after nearly two years of heated trash talk.
During an appearance on The Nelk Boys’ Full Send podcast, Nurmagomedov said, “First of all, I was preparing for war.
“I get in the cage, I fight this guy and he taps. I say, ‘Why [did] i come here Why [did] I train so hard for this?
“You’re going to type that easily?” I just take his chin, you know, and he knocks.
“That also pisses me off, you know, because I accept more than what I find in the cage.”