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By the numbers: Exploring Khabib Nurmagomedov's impact in his record-breaking eight-year spell with the UFC

Added 10-25-20 09:37:02am EST - “Khabib Nurmagomedov has left an indelible mark on the UFC since his debut with the organization but, after announcing his retirement following a win against Justin Gaethje, the final numbers are in - and they're rather impressive.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “By the numbers: Exploring Khabib Nurmagomedov's impact in his record-breaking eight-year spell with the UFC”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

With the possible exception of Georges St-Pierre, no fighter has stepped away from high-level mixed martial arts with quite as impressive a list of achievements.

Nurmagomedov's 13 performances inside the UFC's octagon were near flawless: he was never knocked down, never taken down and never even suffered a cut or absorbed a potentially fight-altering blow.

Khabib's final three opponents - Gaethje, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier - all held versions of UFC gold, and in the case of McGregor and Gaethje, were world champions before they even entered the UFC.

But regardless of the stature of his opponents, Nurmagomedov's fights almost always followed a similar blueprint: he would take them down and "smash" them. 

It seems a simplistic strategy. In a way, it is. But if each of Nurmagomedov's 29 opponents knew exactly what his intentions were in the cage, they were essentially powerless to stop it. 

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