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Khabib Nurmagomedov says fans can not compare him to Charles Oliveira: “Nobody ever touched my face, and all the time he go down”

UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov has explained why fans can’t compare his success to current lightweight king Charles Oliveira. While he may not be the champion, Charles Oliveira is widely considered to be the best active lightweight on the planet. In contrast, Khabib Nurmagomedov is viewed as the greatest lightweight of all-time – with some arguing he’s still technically in the prime of his career, despite being retired.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov says Charles Oliveira comparisons are weak: 'He goes down' every fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov dismisses the idea that Charles Oliveira is currently on his level in the greatest lightweight debate. Oliveira has strung together 11 consecutive victories, including 10 finishes, on the road to capturing and defending the UFC lightweight championship. Thrilling performance after thrilling performance has people, CBS Sports included, measuring Oliveira's resume against Nurmagomedov's. The retired, undefeated champion believes those comparisons are premature.
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‘He look amazing tonight’: Khabib Nurmagomedov, other pros react to unlucky end to Junior dos Santos’ Eagle FC debut

Junior dos Santos didn’t get the win he wanted in his Eagle FC debut. Fighting for the first time since his UFC release, dos Santos suffered an unlucky third-round TKO loss to Yorgan De Castro after injuring his shoulder while throwing a punch. The former UFC heavyweight champion was likely winning the bout prior to his injury, having methodically chopped down De Castro with a relentless stream of powerful leg kicks.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov: Islam Makhachev willing to fight champ Charles Oliveira in Brazil: ‘Send us location’

Khabib Nurmagomedov believes Islam Makhachev deserves to fight Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title, and if it has to happen in Brazil, that’s fine with them. “When we see how much is going with Charles Oliveira, I don’t think he can do anything with Islam on the ground, and of course Islam is very good in stand up, too,” Nurmagomedov told ESPN. “Last couple years, people don’t even touch him. All these guys, they’re good strikers and they don’t even touch him. Islam dominated all of them and the last 11 months, Islam finished four opponents. Finished all of them. This is going to be fair if he fights with Charles for vacant title, because now there’s no champion in the lightweight division. Of course, Charles deserves this, but there is no champion.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Islam Makhachev Could Be Better Fighter Than Him

Khabib Nurmagomedov -- arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time -- tells TMZ Sports his friend and protégé, Islam Makhachev, could ultimately be a better fighter!. "Definitely, it's possible. You know, right now it's like this is a legacy fight for Islam. Why I really want him to fight vs. Charles Oliveira, because he had 11 win streak and UFC never make like this fight. 11 win streak vs. 10 win streak. It's supposed to be me versus Tony [Ferguson]. Ok, it never happened. Now we have Islam vs. Charles. Let these guys fight."

Khabib Nurmagomedov urges Dana White to let him coach The Ultimate Fighter with Tony Ferguson: “Call me back!”

Former UFC lightweight champion is serious about coaching The Ultimate Fighter against Tony Ferguson. ‘The Eagle’ and ‘El Cucuy’ have one of the greatest rivalries in UFC history. Despite that, the two never fought thanks to multiple bookings falling through over the years. Their fight cancelations happening due to everything from botched weight cuts to a pandemic.

Khabib Nurmagomedov acknowledges Charles Oliveira as the UFC lightweight champion but says “he’s not undisputed”

Khabib Nurmagomedov has given his thoughts on Charles Oliveira as UFC lightweight champion and him potentially fighting Islam Makhachev. While he may be retired, Khabib Nurmagomedov is still the talk of the town in the mixed martial arts world. In addition to being the promoter for Eagle FC, he’s also left a legacy for himself as one of the greatest UFC champions of all-time.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Shuts Down Comparisons To Charles Oliveira: ‘Nobody Touched My Face’

With Charles Oliveira’s current magnificent run, the comparisons to Khabib Nurmagomedov have been made. The retired undefeated fighter shut the comparisons down, however. “He impressed me like a little bit, but every fight he goes down. This one is a little bit bad for him. In every fight, he goes down a couple of times,” Nurmagomedov said during an interview with ESPN. Last fight, it was like, how many? Two, three times knockdowns? With Michael Chandler, with Dustin Poirier, with Justin Gaethje, he always goes down. This is a little bit questionable, you know. Nobody ever touched my face, and all the time he go down. People cannot talk about like compare me vs. Charles Oliveira.

Khabib Nurmagomedov states he hopes to work with Bellator to book Fedor Emelianenko vs. Junior dos Santos

Khabib Nurmagomedov would like to work with Bellator to book Fedor Emelianenko’s final fight. The head of Eagle FC would like to send Junior dos Santos in for the job. ‘Cigano’ is set to face fellow UFC veteran Yorgan De Castro this Friday at Eagle FC 47. The bout is slated as a title eliminator bout. The winner of the fight was expected to face Eagle FC heavyweight champion Rizvan Kuniev, well before today.

Khabib Nurmagomedov offers Tony Ferguson a deal on the “Eagle Fight Club platform”, ‘El Cucuy’ responds

Khabib Nurmagomedov has responded to Tony Ferguson’s request to coach The Ultimate Fighter. Nurmagomedov and Ferguson were booked to fight five different times and due to botched weight cuts, injuries, and a global pandemic, the bout never came to fruition. Nurmagomedov’s father had said he always thought he needed to compete against ‘El Cucuy’, so Ferguson wants it to be coaching TUF given the former lightweight champ is now retired.

Dana White told to make Khabib Nurmagomedov come out of UFC retirement for title shot

UFC president Dana White has been told he should do all he can to persuade Khabib Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement to fight Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title.Khabib retired unbeaten in 2020, moments after retaining the UFC lightweight belt by submitting Justin Gaethje.Earlier this month, Oliveira also submitted Gaethje in what was supposed to be a title defence at 155lbs for the Brazilian. However, Oliveira missed weight a day before the fight and was thus stripped of the gold. His victory over Gaethje therefore saw him installed as No 1 contender for the now-vacant title.Oliveira could go up...

Khabib Nurmagomedov accepts coaching challenge from old UFC rival Tony Ferguson

Khabib Nurmagomedov has accepted a challenge from his old rival Tony Ferguson, who has suggested that the pair serve as coaches on the UFC show The Ultimate Fighter.Nurmagomedov and Ferguson were several times scheduled to fight one another in the UFC, but the bout fell through on each occasion. The match-up was arguably the most highly anticipated in the promotion for a number of years.Ultimately Khabib retired unbeaten in October 2020, moments after retaining the lightweight title by submitting Justin Gaethje, who had won the interim belt earlier that year by stopping Ferguson.The loss to Gaethje marked the start of...

Khabib Nurmagomedov To Contact Scott Coker For Junior Dos Santos vs. Fedor Emelianenko Fight

Eagle FC owner Khabib Nurmagomedov is planning to work with Scott Coker to book a megafight between Junior Dos Santos and Fedor Emelianenko. Dos Santos is slated to take on Yorgan De Castro this Friday at Eagle FC 47 at FLXcast Arena in Miami. ‘Cigano’ will be headlining the main event for his debut fight in the promotion. This weekend will also mark his return to action after being let go by UFC in early 2021 after he dropped four in a row.