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Khabib Nurmagomedov Is A ‘Couple Of Fights Away From GOAT Status,’ Says Dana White

Khabib Nurmagomedov Is A ‘Couple Of Fights Away From GOAT Status,’ Says Dana White

Dana White has insisted that Khabib Nurmagomedov is not that far away from being called the 'GOAT of UFC' after his triumphant victory at UFC 242.

The Russian star, 30, beat the 30-year-old Dustin Poirier as he locked in a rear-naked chokehold and successfully retained his UFC lightweight championship.

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And UFC president White said at UFC 242's post-fight press conference that Khabib is a "pretty special fighter."

He continued: "I think he's a couple of fights away from GOAT status.

"To go undefeated for this long, for this many fights.

"He's staring down the barrel of a pretty special career."

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The Dagestan superstar holds the longest undefeated streak in MMA and notched up his 28th victory against Poirier on Saturday.

According to White, Tony Ferguson is next in line to face the undefeated UFC star.

But the UFC president has suggested that Conor McGregor could have his rematch with Khabib should Ferguson snub a title shot.

"Tony Ferguson is next [in] line if he accepts the fight," White said.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"We'll see how this thing plays out, when Khabib will fight again, and if Tony wants to fight.

"Tony Ferguson gets the next shot, and obviously, if for whatever reason Tony can't take the fight or doesn't want to fight at that time, then we would figure out what's next.

"But yeah, Conor would make a lot of sense.

"Conor McGregor wants that fight really badly, and I'm sure the fans would want to see it.

"So we'll see how this whole thing plays out."

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Credit: PA

Khabib, who defeated McGregor at UFC 229 last October, taunted the Irish MMA superstar after his clash with Poirier.

And McGregor, 31, swiftly responded to his fierce rival and called for his rematch with the 'Eagle' to take place in Moscow.

Would Ferguson beat Khabib in a fight?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC 242, UFC News, MMA News, UFC, eagle, MMA

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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