For Colby Covington, the last defeat of Dustin Poirier “delegitimizes” the legacy of Khabib Nurmagomedov


MMA – Colby Covington believes Dustin Poirier’s loss to Charles Oliveira by submission takes away some credit to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s legacy.

Dustin Poirier was not far from subduing Khabib Nurmagomedov in their UFC 242 clash. But caught in a guillotine, the Russian managed to break free before clinching a rear choke victory in stride.

When Nurmagomedov retired, many saw Poirier as the future Lightweight champion. His path to the throne seemed drawn. However, instead of competing for the vacant title, “The Diamond” favored a rematch against Conor McGregor. A much more lucrative fight that he won by KO. Poirier could then have faced the new division champion, Charles Oliveira, but the schedules of the two men did not stick and the trilogy with the “Notorious” seemed inevitable. The American then clinched another victory against McGregor with the end that we all know.

Finally, it was not until December 11 that Poirier finally competed for the belt. As explained previously, his recent career made him the favorite of punters. The belt was supposed to come back to him, but all did not go as planned. On the contrary, it was Oliveira who retained his belt by submitting Poirier in Round 3. Some observers consider that this defeat has tarnished the legacy of Nurmagomedov, who retired undefeated.

Colby Covington is one of those people and explained it during his time at Submission Radio.

“It delegitimizes his (Khabib) heritage,” he said. “He never really faced a top wrestler who could challenge him, who was good at both striking and wrestling, submissions and defensive wrestling. So, you know, there have always been doubts about Khabib’s legacy. He had an interesting journey and he took time between his two careers. He had good matches, but with people who did not know how to fight. A lot of people even thought he lost to a guy I trained with all the time: Tibau, Gleison Tibau. He won a split decision against him, but a lot of people thought he lost that fight. “

“I definitely think that puts a damper on Khabib’s legacy,” Covington continued. “This guy (Poirier) got submitted like you did with him, exactly the same way.” So how would this match between him and the Brazilian go? “

We will unfortunately never have the chance to see this confrontation because the retirement of Nurmagomedov seems final. “The Eagle” is now focused on his new career as a promoter.

As for Covington, he has already said he wanted to welcome Poirier to the Welterweight in order to settle some scores.

Do you agree with the statements of the American on the legacy of Nurmagomedov?

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