Tyron Woodley, the former UFC welterweight champion, recently spoke with TMZ about a number of MMA legends from the modern era. His remarks about former UFC lightweight champion and top men's pound-for-pound fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov may raise some eyebrows.
“[Nurmagomedov] on my top 10 list? Probably not,” said Woodley when presented with a number of iconic names from MMA history. “I fuck 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, 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.”
Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from MMA in 2020 after defending his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje. His record now stands at 29-0. Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, Al Iaquinta, and Edson Barboza are among his last five opponents.
Along with Nurmagomedov, Woodley discussed Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, and Demetrious Johnson.
Woodley said of former UFC light heavyweight champion Jones, "He's the best fighter we've seen, whether he's fought consistently or whatever the case."
When discussing Silva, Woodley referred to him as "the GOAT." “Because he did it in a really respectful way. He beat people without being able to talk the shit that everybody else did.”
Woodley also stated that Johnson is "the most well-rounded fighter we've ever seen" and that he admires GSP because "he was very respectful all the time."
In 2016, Woodley defeated Robbie Lawler to win the UFC welterweight title. He successfully defended the title four times before losing it to Kamaru Usman in 2019.
After going 0-3 in his next three fights, Woodley was released from the UFC. He fought and lost twice to influencer turned boxer Jake Paul after leaving the Octagon.
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