Khabib Nurmagomedov and John Jones have managed to strengthen their positions at the top of the food chain. MMA fans and experts alike love to argue and argue about which one is the goat. Recently, Chael Sonnen offered two cents the same in a video on his YouTube channel.
The biggest piece of evidence put forward by Habib Nurmagomedov’s protesters is the scalp hanging from John Jones’ belt. However, this realization surprised Sonnen. He said:
“He (John) went out there and made it dirty. So what are you doing about it? You want to talk and remove the curtain, yes, he made it dirty, but there was no need for that… that would be enough … even if the evidence is true, it can’t hold back! “
The reason why Chael Sonnen’s claim to John Jones ’GOAT status is discredited is that it is more convenient to compete in the upper weight classes than in the lower classes. Sonnen justified his claim by recalling his personal experience of climbing weight classes in the lower circles of martial arts.
“When I was a freshman in high school, I weighed 115 pounds, and when I was older, I was 185. I know different weight classes and just tell you why I was a freshman because I was 115 lbs and I tried to reach 185,” do I know the secret; that is, the bigger they are, the more they suck! ”exclaimed Sonnen.
The 44-year-old admitted that high-weight fighters are often considered skilled. At the same time, Sonnen noted that in the world of wrestling and martial arts in general, competition in the lower weight categories is much more difficult. According to the UFC veteran, the lower divisions are so thick that they can appear and dominate as the best without controversy. Nevertheless, Khabib Nurmagomedov did it.
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Chael Sonnen hails Khabib Nurmagomedov as the best fighter in history
Khabib Nurmagomedov added his name to the UFC’s lightweight folklore by lifting his record to a perfect 29-0 by defeating Justin Gethje in UFC 254. What makes it even more impressive is that the Dagestani did it in a full division of talents.
“Look at what Habib is doing. 155 pounds, it was the heaviest weight class when he did it; it was the deepest weight class in the industry. It was also the deepest and heaviest weight class in the history of the industry. So you you’re a champion in that weight class, aren’t you automatically the greatest of all time? ”Sonnen said.
Sonnen additionally explained that none of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lightest contemporaries had ever managed to take a position against him, let alone all rounds or fights. The only person to win the round was Conor McGregor. However, despite all these opinions, the “American gangster” noted that the controversy still exists and that Khabib Nurmagomedov should not be considered an MMA GOAT.
Hael Sonnen explained why he did not consider Khabib Nurmagomedov a GOAT
Speaking of the modern MMA landscape, Sonnen noted that today’s seniors move between weight classes. Recognizing the brilliance of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Sonnen made a remarkable point: fighting in several divisions is almost a condition of being considered a GOAT today. Sonnen said:
“Habib has never changed weight classes. If that had happened 20 years ago and no one had changed their weight classes, even if they weren’t allowed to, it wouldn’t be like that.” It’s not going to be a fair game. When you’re in the championship season – champ and you have Cejudos or Daniels, or you have Saint-Pierre who did it and did it successfully, it just creates wrinkles. “
Despite not leaving civilization, Hael Sonnen said Khabib Nurmagomedov could be the greatest. He explained:
“Even if Habib could change his weight, whether he was 170 or 145, he would have left a heavier weight. He would have gone to 170 or 145, and that’s as great as the kids. though the depth was not the same as where he stayed and ruled. I think Habib could be the greatest of all time, I think he could be. I think he has a hard time swallowing the argument. “
The “American gangster” continued to name his goat and explained his reasons. Sonnen said:
“I’m in St. Pierre, that’s my answer, but there’s a good reason for that. He not only cleaned up his division and beat yesterday’s guys and beat all the guys of his day, but he also beat the next generation. Then he came back and did the same thing in another weight class without losing the round: a tough fight. There weren’t 10-8 rounds in St. Pierre, not as many as Habib’s, but he beat those guys. . within the rules. He also didn’t lose rounds, didn’t lose positions … He didn’t get hurt. “
Finally, saying the debate will go on forever, Chael Sonnen said he understands people’s different views. However, Sonnen firmly believed that there was no GOAT dispute between XABIB Nurmagomedov and John Jones.
“The debate continues. I’m just handing it over to you [that] It’s not between Habib and John and I’m not sure how we got there. “
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