Many fans consider Khabib Nurmagomedov to be the GOAT at lightweight due to his pure dominance and retiring undefeated.
However, fellow ex-UFC champ Anthony Pettis disagree with this belief:
Anthony Pettis doesn’t think Khabib Nurmagomedov is the lightweight GOAT
“You know, I think – I moved down to ‘45, I fought at ‘70 – I fought all over the place,” Pettis said to LowKick MMA. “It’s hard to say Khabib (Nurmagomedov) because he didn’t fight everybody. He won the world title fighting Al Iaquinta.
“Al Iaquinta wasn’t even ranked at the time, so, you know,” Pettis continued. “And then he fought some good guys after that and then he retired, so it’s hard to say he’s the GOAT. He’s definitely one of the best. But like, guys like B.J. Penn, you know – like that’s a guy for me that, you know, if he wouldn’t have came back and lost a couple of fights, we all would be talking about B.J. as the GOAT, you know, one of the first.”