Khabib Nurmagomedov and George St. Pierre are one of the greatest names in MMA history. Dagestanis and Canadians will forever be regarded as the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. While GSP was known for his excellent play involving superman shots and effective lifts, Khabib Nurmagomedov was known for his chain struggles.
Both fighters dominated their opponents with effective lifting and control positions. But in a recent tweet by a Twitter user MMA By The Numbers, GSP and Islam Makhachev seem to have a higher removal accuracy than the Eagle.
According to statistics, GSP has an accuracy of 73.8% in 122 attempts to remove his career, while Islam Makhachev has 69% accuracy in 29 attempts to remove his career. In contrast, Khabib Nurmagomedov has 43% accuracy in 127 dismissal attempts. This list only considers fighters who have attempted to remove at least 25 times within an octagon.
Accordingly official UFC entrieshowever, Nordine Taleb has the highest accuracy of removal – 76.2%. GSP is in fourth place, behind Robbie Lawler, who is commendable with 73.9% accuracy. The seventh place is taken by Islam Makhachev. The discrepancy between the two lists is that UFC records consider removal attempts at least 20 times within the octagon.
In terms of the number of exclusions, GSP ranks first in the official UFC rankings, down from 90 times. Khabib Nurmagomedov is in eighth place, giving up 61 times. However, it should be noted that GSP has fought 22 fights in the UFC octagon and Khabib Nurmagomedov 13 fights.
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Who is a better fighter? GSP or Khabib Nurmagomedov?
While there may not be a definitive answer to this question, there is always analysis. The Rabbs may show “Hurry” with better removal accuracy than Khabib Nurmagomedov, but it’s a little more complicated than it looks.
In addition to the time difference they spend within the UFC octagon, their different styles also need to be taken into account. George St-Pierre was a karate wrestler who switched to MMA. He noted how successful it was to remove it because of karate and great karate. GSP’s opponents were waiting for the strike, and when they didn’t expect it, they were shooting to remove it.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has always been a wrestler and wrestler. Coming after Sambo, the Dagestani has repeatedly said that his game plan is always to bring down his opponents and make them tired. The Eagle was never known for its remarkable crime. Naturally, this means that his opponents were always looking for the devastation that was coming in.
In addition, most of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s control time was not recorded as an removal. Known for relentlessly lowering his opponents, the ‘Eagle’ would often hold their feet and change levels to lift them over the barrier. Nurmagomedov would then use a great chain fight to steer them against the cage and eventually bring them down.
The action of holding the foot and changing the level can be taken as an attempt to remove. This probably explains why the Dagestani UFC had 127 attempts to miss in just 13 fights.
Still, Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most active fighters we’ve seen in the UFC octagon, if not the most active. When he defeated Abel Truxillo 21 times in his fight at UFC 160, he set a record for most assassinations after falling into a single fight.
By the way, George St. Pierre is undoubtedly the greatest fighter he has ever fought in the UFC and MMA. There were only two losses in his recordings, he was easily avenged and won a belt in two weight classes, it’s hard to pull anything out of a martial arts legend.
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