GSP Discusses Khabib Nurmagomedov’s GOAT Status
George St-Pierre has chimed in on the GOAT status of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Much has been made about Khabib’s retirement announcement. Nurmagomedov took on Justin Gaethje in his final UFC outing. “The Eagle” utilized his pressure, which proved to be too much for “The Highlight.” In the second stanza, Nurmagomedov took Gaethje down and ended up in the full mount position. He transitioned into a triangle choke and put Gaethje to sleep.
After his victory over Gaethje, Nurmagomedov announced his retirement. “The Eagle” said his mother didn’t want him to fight anymore without his father, Abdulmanap. Khabib’s father passed away earlier this year.
After the fight, St-Pierre sent kind words Khabib’s way, saying his career was “as perfect as you can get.” ESPN later caught up with St-Pierre, who said the following on Nurmagomedov’s GOAT status (via MMAFighting.com).
“We all have our window of being the greatest of all-time. Everybody that has a flawless performance has that title, greatest of all-time, but it’s just a fugazi. It’s something that appears and will disappear in a second. When your performance is over, it disappears, because that moment will never happen again. The universe has changed and it’s just a fugazi. I don’t believe in this debate. It’s a silly way to look at things in a way. There’s many guys that can claim to be the greatest of all-time and for sure Khabib is one of them, 100 percent, especially after what he had done tonight.”
Nurmagomedov’s career ends with a pro record of 29-0, scoring eight knockouts or TKOs and 11 submissions along the way. He also leaves MMA competition as the undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion. Nurmagomedov’s request to be recognized as the pound-for-pound best fighter in the UFC was also granted. He has been moved past former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones on the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.