UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn thinks Khabib Nurmagomedov averted a transfer to welterweight for a cause.
Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC), the previous UFC light-weight champion, retired after notching his third title protection towards Justin Gaethje final October and ending his profession undefeated, leaving little question about his greatness.
But after listening to many laud Nurmagomedov as the highest 155 pounder of all time, Penn (16-14-2 MMA, 12-13-2 UFC) has one thing to say about it. The first fighter to carry UFC titles in two completely different divisions, Penn, competed all the best way up at gentle heavyweight.
Penn, 42, thinks the one asterisk in Nurmagomedov’s excellent MMA profession was his unwillingness to problem himself by transferring up a division, one thing he believes Nurmagomedov averted due to measurement.
Since Khabib has been saying he’s the best light-weight of all time and I’m quantity 2 finest light-weight many individuals have been asking me why didn’t Khabib combat 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’s not proficient and assured in jiujitsu
I imagine the explanation behind Khabib not preventing Usman is as a result of he doesn’t know jiujitsu like I did and he’s not comfy preventing off his again towards 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 combat I needed to combat from my again and survive and are available again and combat tougher if I used to be to get a victory.
It’s due to my jiujitsu black belt ? expertise and preventing in my weight and absolute division for years that at all times 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 remains to be the best self protection system on the earth particularly for the little man to combat the massive man.
It was simply a part of the sport…
Khabib says jiujitsu is simple and he’s the most effective grappler ever however he didn’t combat greater opponents in increased weight lessons as a result of his fashion 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 is martial arts, that’s self protection !! ? ??
Nurmagomedov as soon as sported a T-shirt throughout the UFC on FX weigh-ins in 2013, which learn, “If sambo was easy it’d be called jiu-jitsu.” That’s what Penn is referring to when he says that Nurmagomedov thinks jiu-jitsu is simple.
Nobody had a solution to Nurmagomedov’s floor recreation. His three title defenses over former UFC twin champ Conor McGregor and former interim champions Dustin Poirier and Gaethje all got here by submission because the 32-year-old appeared to be in his finest kind earlier than retiring.