Morning Report: B.J. Penn weighs in on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s GOAT standing: ‘He didn’t battle greater opponents in larger weight lessons’

Best of All Time discussions in MMA inevitably result in disagreements, particularly when speaking in regards to the weight lessons the place there are a number of individuals vying for that title. Take light-weight, as an example. The 155-pound weight class within the UFC has by no means had a champion with greater than three title defenses and there are 4 totally different champions who’ve three. This has led to an ongoing debate over who is actually the best light-weight of all time, and whereas many consider that Khabib Nurmagomedov, the person who retired as champion final yr, has lastly wrested management of the GOAT title, one of many different former champions disagrees.

B.J. Penn is a UFC Corridor of Famer who received the UFC light-weight title again in 2008 at UFC 80 and reigned over the division for subsequent two years, amassing three profitable title defenses. Previous to profitable the light-weight title although, Penn was additionally a former UFC welterweight champion and had spent years outdoors of the corporate testing himself in opposition to among the greatest fighters on this planet, no matter weight class, most notably going through a younger Lyoto Machida in an openweight bout in 2005. And it’s this willingness to compete properly above his weight class that Penn believes cements his standing within the light-weight division and hurts Khabib’s.

Since Khabib has been saying he’s the best light-weight of all time and I’m quantity 2 greatest light-weight many individuals have been asking me why didn’t Khabib battle Usman for the 170 pound belt or compete for 170 belt like I did many instances… in my humble opinion it’s as a result of he isn’t proficient and assured in jiujitsu

I consider the rationale behind Khabib not combating Usman is as a result of he doesn’t know jiujitsu like I did and he isn’t snug combating off his again in opposition to somebody who is larger and stronger than him like I did many many instances in my profession.I fought at 170 185 and heavyweight and each battle I needed to battle from my again and survive and are available again and battle more durable if I used to be to get a victory.

It’s due to my jiujitsu black belt expertise and combating in my weight and absolute division for years that all the time ready me for this…Gracie jiujitsu and Brazilian jiu-jitsu alone is just not sufficient to be UFC champion however to decide on one system BJJ continues to be the best self protection system on this planet particularly for the little man to battle the massive man.

It was simply a part of the sport…Khabib says jiujitsu is simple and he’s one of the best grappler ever however he didn’t battle greater opponents in larger weight lessons as a result of his type is just not ready for this …and that’s what jiujitsu was created for.. for the little man to defend himself from the massive man! That’s martial arts, that’s self protection !!

Nurmagomedov as soon as famously wore a shirt that learn “If sambo have been simple, it could be known as jiu-jitsu” throughout a UFC weigh-in which what Penn is referencing, and as an unlimited light-weight, one of many few critiques that may be made about Nurmagomedov is his disinterest in transferring as much as welterweight to battle for a second title. That has led some followers to recommend that Nurmagomedov didn’t need to threat his undefeated document by combating in opposition to males he didn’t have bodily benefits over however for Nurmagomedov, he merely mentioned that he wasn’t enthusiastic about combating at welterweight as a result of he was not a welterweight. Finally, that call labored out for Nurmagomedov as he retired from the game final yr with an ideal 29-0 document and as one of many few champions to stroll away whereas nonetheless holding the title.

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Who’s the GOAT?

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