Tyron Woodley says Khabib Nurmagomedov does not make his top 10

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Tyron Woodley says Khabib Nurmagomedov does not make his top 10

In any discussion about the greatest MMA fighters in history, Khabib Nurmagomedov's place on that list causes the most controversy. The Dagestani native retired from the sport in 2020 as an undefeated fighter and recorded a total of 29 victories.

Three times, Nurmagomedov successfully defended the title of champion of the UFC lightweight category, and in almost every match he won with incredible dominance. Despite this, some believe that his legacy is not good enough for Khabib to be included among the greats such as Demetrious Johnson, Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, or Anderson Silva.

Tyron Woodley went one step further when it came to not including Khabib on the list of the greatest MMA fighters in history. "[Khabib] on my top 10 list? Probably not," Woodley said. "I f--k with Khabib. I like him.

I respect him a lot. I think he's a good fighter. I think his type of fight for that weight class [lightweight], nobody could do that besides Sean Sherk back in the day, but like, he was just really aggressive, but I didn't see the wrestler with good hands fight him so I couldn't really jump on that train."

Tyron Woodley's top 10

Woodley believes that Khabib had many suitable opponents who suited him stylistically, and when asked about the greatest fighters ever, "T-Wood" mentioned Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Demetrious Johnson, and Georges St-Pierre.

“I think Jon Jones is the best fighter we’ve seen, whether he’s fought consistently or whatever the case,” Woodley said. “I think Anderson Silva I would say is the G.O.A.T. because he did it in a really respectful way, never really had anything that kept him away from it, beat people without being able to talk the s—t that everybody else did.

“I think Demetrious Johnson is the most well-rounded fighter we ever saw,” he continued. “I f—k with Georges St-Pierre because he was very respectful all the time. Carlos Condit was my favorite fighter to watch so when I fought him it was kind of like, ‘F—k, this motherf—ker’s good.’” Woodley once billed himself as the greatest welterweight in history, and successfully defended the UFC title four times.

No one considered him bigger than one GSP, though, and probably not even Matt Hughes. With the emergence of Kamaru Usman, Woodley is definitely no longer even in the competition for the greatest welterweight in history, and he permanently damaged his legacy with two losses to Jake Paul, even though they were boxing matches.