Former undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov has disparaged the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ability of fellow former undisputed best, Charles Oliveira – falsely claiming that the Brazilian submitted eight times under the UFC banner.
Khabib, a former undisputed lightweight champion under the banner of the UFC, closed the curtain on his professional career atop the promotion’s 155lb stack, defeating Justin Gaethje to successfully unify the titles back in October 2020.
Retiring from the sport boasting an undefeated 29-0 professional record, Khabib has since begun to undertake notable coaching duties at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California – as well as head-up Eagle Fight Club, with the organization now based in Florida.
Khabib Nurmagomedov questions the grappling ability of Charles Oliveira
Vouching and batting for his protégé, lightweight contender, Islam Makhachev to challenge for vacant gold against the above mentioned, Oliveira, Khabib has taken considerable shots on the ability of the Sao Paulo native – most recently questioning his well-documented grappling prowess.
“This is what Islam (Makhachev) is going to do to Charles Oliveira,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said – demonstrating a technique whilst previewing the recent Eagle FC event with fellow management stablemates, Henry Cejudo, and Kamaru Usman. “He (Makhachev) is gonna ride him. You understand what I mean, like how you ride a horse, he is very good on (at) this.”
Khabib then encouraged viewers to remember his words on how a similar position between Makhachev and Oliveira would play out, claiming that the latter had submitted eight times in the UFC – and therefore, was unable to call himself a prominent grappler.
“Just save this video, because a lot of people underestimate Islam,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said. “They think Charles Oliveira has ground game – he doesn’t have ground game. If you tap eight times in UFC, how can you say you have ground game? You tap eight times, you understand?”
Oliveira, who is the most prolific submission artist in Octagon antiquity with a whopping 16 separate submission stoppages – extended his run as the most prolific grappling threat earlier this month as he locked up common-foe, Gaethje with a first round rear-naked choke.
Undefeated in his last 11 consecutive fights, Oliveira, who plys his trade under the tutelage of Diego Lima – has defeated the likes of Kevin Lee, former interim champions, Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier, and Gaethje – as well as knocking out Michael Chandler to scoop the title vacated by Khabib back in May of last year.
Khabib’s latest comments come off the back of jibes made in the direction of Oliveira — with the former distancing himself from comparisons to the Brazilian, explaining how he had never been touched significantly during his professional career.