Going out unbeaten in combat sports is pretty cool, but all the greats boxers or MMA fighters have losses in their record.
The most notorious fighter to retire with a zero in his loss column is Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0). Apparently, going 30-0 is the main goal of the current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“The Eagle” will be defending his belt this upcoming Saturday in the main event of UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi. The Russian will face Justin Gaethje, the interim lightweight champ.
If Nurmagomedov manages to get another W under his belt, he’ll be 29-0. Just one win away from his goal.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” Nurmagomedov said of when he wants to retire (via TheBodyLockMMA.com). “30-0 is going to be great. It’s looking good, it sounds good. 30-0, okay. It’s going to be a great record, this is like Mayweather in MMA. We’ll see, I’m very close to it.”
Nurmagomedov also said that his goal is to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time and he believes that beating Gaethje next weekend will help him achieve that goal for himself.
Khabib has defeated people like Conor McGregor, Al Iaquinta, Dustin Poirier, Rafael Dos Anjos, Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza, and many more throughout his impecable MMA career.
“Who knows? Okay, I finish Justin Gaethje, I finish one more guy, I dominate him — I think my name is going to be always in history. I think already my name is going to be in history because two years ago what happened with McGregor is never going to be forgotten. Even after 50 years, people are going to watch this fight and be impressed. This is like when Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier in Manila. People never forget this fight,” Nurmagomedov added.