Khabib NurmagomEdov retired undefeated, which is part of his UFC legend. But for a former champion, The Eagle is undefeated only because he hasn’t faced a specific fighter. A man could obviously knock it down.
Khabib Nurmagomedov achieved something rare in the world of MMA, he retired with an impeccable record of 29 wins and 0 losses, truly making him one of the greatest fighters in history. Even Jon Jones, dubbed the GOAT by many observers, lost by disqualification during his glorious career…
And if he started his career softly, knocking down second-rate opponents, The Eagle ended up with several prestigious fights. For example, he has presented Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje in his last three appearances, a testament to undisputed dominance in the lightweight category… Trouble is, since his retirement, a different champion has emerged and displayed immense talent in each appearance.
Charles Oliveira, the scarecrow for Khabib Nurmagomedov?
In fact, Charles Oliveira is on an incredible 11-game winning streak (despite his title rejection against Justin Gaethje) in which he showed much more than “just” dominance on the floor. He also proved he had super strong fists by knocking out a fighter as powerful as Michael Chandler in a belt match in May 2021! And for UFC legend BJ Penn, the Brazilian would be perfectly capable of defeating the invincible Khabib Nurmagomedov.
BJ Penn : I think Charles Oliveira is excellent. He’s a real killer and he’s complete in all facets of MMA. He could have held his own against Khabib Nurmagomedov. If I had to pick a fighter to beat, I would put all my money on him. I remember when he submitted Kevin Lee I realized he could beat Khabib. What are his weaknesses? On the floor he can put anyone he wants to sleep. If he gets up, he can put you down in one fell swoop.
Charles Oliveira has indeed shown great things in recent years and according to BJ Penn he now has the arsenal to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov. A thoughtful and meaningful analysis. In fact, Do Bronx is as comfortable on the ground as the Dagestanis, and has a chin strong enough to take the punches. The difference is that he can put his opponents to sleep with a well-placed punch, which isn’t necessarily the case with Khabib, whose power has often been questioned…
So be careful, nothing says Charles Oliveira would beat a champion as accomplished as Khabib Nurmagomedov. But it’s true that the Brazilian has the talent and qualities to at least stand up to him. Unfortunately, fans will never have a definitive answer.