Khabib Nurmagomedov would eliminate Israel Adesanya, according to Ali Abdelaziz
It’s been nearly two years since Khabib Nurmagomedov competed in the cage, but the retired Russian UFC star’s skills are still good enough to win gold in the middleweight division, according to his manager.
Nurmagomedov competed at 155lbs for the majority of his undefeated fighting career, claiming UFC gold and pound-for-pound number one status along the way, but if he ever chose to step back into the cage For a final hurray, Ali Abdelaziz says not even middleweight phenom Israel Adesanya would have a change against him.
The tall Russian has certainly been busy since ending his own fighting career after a decisive submission win over Justin Gaethje in Abu Dhabi in September 2020.
He has coached several Russian fighters, including guiding the fighter many consider his UFC successor, Islam Makhahev, to a world title.
Khabib has also spent arduous hours running his own fighting promotion, Eagle FC.
And speaking to the MMA Sherdog website, Abdelaziz said while his fighter felt the need to don the 4oz gloves any longer, a return to the division he led in the latter part of his career was unlikely. likely.
“Khabib now weighs 200 poundssaid Abdelaziz, who runs the Dominance MMA management group.
“If Khabib comes tomorrow and goes to 185, he would stop Israel Adesanya in three rounds. I see him. He’s beating heavyweights, light heavyweights, welterweights, lightweights – he’s unstoppable now. He’s like a tractor-trailer.”
Israel Adesanya, however, would be seen by many as a tall order (literally). The Nigerian-born New Zealander has been unstoppable at middleweight throughout his career, with the only loss on his record coming in the light heavyweight division.
Other than that, Adesanya is a perfect 22-0 at 185 pounds.
It doesn’t matter, however, says Abdelaziz.
“But the styles – if Khabib wants to come back and talk to Dana White and say, ‘Let me fight at middleweight’, he’ll finish Israel in three rounds because the style of the fights,” he got involved
“Israel cannot stop its struggle. He can’t stop his fight. But striking, of course, Israel is the best striker on this planet.”
Abdelaziz, who has been a very effective cheerleader for much of Khabib’s career, added that Nurmagomedov could come back “today” and win the world title if he wanted to.
“He can come back and fight middleweight and become champion todayAbdelaziz said. “He’s always in good shape, he’s always in a good mood and you never know. Honestly, he said, “I will never fight again.” But sometimes I feel like he wants to (do).
“‘Cause I said, ‘Hey, why are you so hard on guys?’ He said, ‘Oh, I have to show them who’s boss.’ But in reality, you never know what’s going on.
“Maybe we do ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ with Tony Ferguson and they go crazy with each other and end up fighting at the end of the season. You never know.”