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Midnight Mania! Khabib snubs Conor McGregor in his Top 20 GOAT rankings

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has always been a fighter concerned with legacy.

Prior to his unexpected retirement that was directly tied to the sudden death of his father, Nurmagomedov’s eyes were set on the pristine record of 30-0. He ultimately settled for 29-0, but even then, Nurmagomedov publicly requested the No. 1 pound-for-pound spot after defeating Justin Gaethje. The MMA media did as they were told, much to the chagrin of Jon Jones, and Nurmagomedov left the game at the absolute top.

On Wednesday (April 12, 2023), Nurmagomedov offered his own greatest of all time (GOAT) rankings. “The Eagle” says it’s a Top 15 list, but given several ties, the grand total comes out to be 20 of the top champions in MMA history.

Check it out:

Prior to walking away from the sport, Khabib proved himself a top coach as well as top athlete, and the reason is clear: the man knows his stuff! Lists like this are endlessly debatable and without any true consensus, but it feels the former Lightweight king did well to cover all his bases.

There are two notable exclusions though. First, Nurmagomedov humbly left himself off the list. Second, I didn’t read all 800 quote tweets or every single reply, but more than one commenter pondered where former double champion Conor McGregor lands on this list. Every other two division UFC champion — Georges St. Pierre, BJ Penn, Daniel Cormier, Henry Cejudo, Randy Couture — made it on the list, but the Irish athlete is the exception.

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