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Midnight Mania! Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘cannot be compared’ to Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali is widely considered one of the greatest boxers of all time. An Olympic gold medalist who ended his professional career with a 56-5 professional record as a multiple-time champion. Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that Khabib Nurmagomedov — arguably the most dominant fighter on the planet right now — occasionally draws comparisons to “The Greatest.”

Though he appreciates the thought, Nurmagomedov is reluctant to consider such comparisons, as he believes the circumstances are far too different to compare.

“I think comparing Ali and me is probably wrong,” Khabib told True Gym MMA in a recent interview, per The Sports Rush (transcription via BloodyElbow). “Only if we talk about the fact that we are both champions and both Muslims. But all the things he did outside the ring, with this I cannot be compared indeed. At the time when he was a champion, he was...another race, and at that time in America, black people were treated badly, and according to his stories, he was not even served in restaurants.

“He threw away the gold medal. He changed the attitude towards his race very much. So, we cannot be compared. To be able to compare me with him, I need to go back to those years and be black, and be a champion. After that we would see how I would have behaved in such a situation, In this case, we can be compared.

“I like that people compare us, but I think it is inappropriate.”

Nurmagomedov is currently scheduled to defend his title opposite interim champion Justin Gaethje on Sat., October 24, 2020 at UFC 254.

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