Rank Performances against Khabib (Who did the best and why)

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  1. legkicktko Only the Strong Survive

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    Let's rank Khabib's opponents by who you think did the best against Khabib looking back in retrospect and why. I know Gleison will be most's answers, but let's rank them anyway based on:

    Takedown defense
    Submission defense
    Ability to get back to their feet
    Striking
     
  2. 13Seconds Silver Belt

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    Depends on what you're looking at. Conor won a round, Dustin threathened with some stuff, Al went the distance.

    Aside from Tibau they all got dominated anyways
     
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    Tiabau but Conor won a round
     
  4. legkicktko Only the Strong Survive

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    This is 100% correct.

    On the flip side, Al did the least to me personally.

    If any of the rest decided to stand in the middle of the cage and eat jabs and not attempt anything, they may have not gotten beat as bad.
     
  5. BooBoyMan Black Belt

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    1. Tibau *roidhead, but didn't cheat in the fight*
    2. Conor *cheated multiple times throughout the fight and IMO, would have been finished in RD 2 without cheating*
    3. RDA
    4. Poirier
    5. Healy
    6. Iaquinta
    7. Johnson
    8. Barboza
    9. Gaethje
    10. Trujillo
    11. Shalorus
    12. Horcher
    13. Tavares *roidhead and still got destroyed*
     
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  6. VVarhead Banned Banned

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    Iaquinta wins all of these. Or Tibau.
    But Iaqunta was also the only one who had enough heart to fight out of a fully locked-in submission from Khabib.
     
  7. TheMessiah Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    Tibau did the best. Conor second best, he won a round but got dropped by Khabib which is one of the most embarrassing things I've ever seen. Al Iaquinta stuffed some takedowns but still lost every round
     
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    1. Tibau
    2. RDA
    3. Healy
    4. Iaquinta
    5. Dustin
    6. Conor
    7. Gaethje
    8. Barboza
    9. Johnson
    10. Trujillo
    11. Shalorus
    12. Horcher
    13. Tavares
     
  9. legkicktko Only the Strong Survive

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    That's interesting. I respect the opinion, but the stats would make this a controversial statement.

    He is the only guy since Tibau to get two full rounds to stand and he got sounds outstruck in both of those rounds. His TDD was 60% against Khabib which is behind a lot of guys he fought. He landed less than 10 strikes in 3 of the five rounds, etc.
     
  10. arathans i dont care about your fee fee´s

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    id say Macron seems to be living in his head rent free atm
     
  11. mmadeewana Purple Belt

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    Taveres deserves to be last on this list,only guy to get finished by strikes lol.
     
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  12. Slatersan Brown Belt

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    Khabib used Al for kickboxing practice.
     
  13. BooBoyMan Black Belt

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    Horcher got TKO'd as well.
     
  14. VVarhead Banned Banned

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    It's more about how he came up with the best gameplan against Khabib imo on 24h notice. Would be a huge text to explain exactly what I mean by that and I really don't have the motivation for that right now.
    Part of the gameplan was to disregard striking defence and thus make Khabib more eager to stand for Al to get his chance to land a hail-mary shot he didn't find.
    Notice he kept his hands at his waist and a lower stance (unsuited for striking) exactly because he was ONLY worried about takedowns and purposefully disregarded Khabib's strikes and didn't even try to dodge or defend most. It was calculated, playing with Khabib's ego so he could have more time in the stand-up. Unfortunately we didn't yet know at that point that Khabib's chin, striking defense and heart is elite.

    Real brooklyn gangster. Also it feels like it was one of the only fights where Khabib actually was exhausted and actually had to use his full strength and full arsenal. Meanwhile when he fought Conor and Gaethje it looked like he was toying with them - not even taking them serious at times, but at the end of the Iaquinta bout even he looked a bit winded, whereas after the Conor bout Khabib wanted to fight another 20 men and looked fresh as fuck. ;)

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    (notice Al acting like he's surprised by the decision for comedy LMFAOOO)
    No bitterness in that man's heart, gave Khabib full credit and criticized (analyzed) his own performance instead of saying hurrrrr I hurt him like Gaethje said.
     
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  15. DebtCollectorMMA Green Belt

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    Conor, by far.

    Inb4 Tibau:

    Gleison Tibau admits EPO use: 'I took it without imagining I was doing something wrong'
     
  16. legkicktko Only the Strong Survive

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    This. I know it's just an opinion, but I think Al's performance was one of the worst. Considering he had the element of surprise and stood for the most time out of everyone and fought the most docile version of Khabib, he had an embarrassingly non-existent amount of success.
     
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  17. mmadeewana Purple Belt

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    but Tavares got dropped and pounded out atleast Horcher got taken down
     
  18. legkicktko Only the Strong Survive

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    I fully understand the point you're making. It is feasible.

    I also think that Khabib fought differently though. Like the other dude said, it was a sparring match to him. He did what he felt like I think. He took him down early easily to test the waters. Late when his coach yelled, he took him down at will again. In the meantime, he outstruck him without breaking sweat. It made me sad that Felder or Pettis didn't have the opportunity to fight Khabib short notice. They may have gotten beaten to a pulp, but they would have taken chances and tried to win. I think I counted at one point that Al didn't throw a strike for two minutes despite Khabib standing in front of him. In the end as well he did nothing to go for it being down 4 rounds. He was happy to participate.
     
  19. Grapplefest Black Belt

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    No way in hell did Conor do better than RDA. Conor committed the most fouls in ufc history and still got destructed, knocked down, smashed and almost subbed if not for the foul in round 2.

    RDA never looked that bad in any round, he had the most defensive grappling resistance against Khabib IMO.
     
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  20. BooBoyMan Black Belt

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    I DID put Horcher above Tavares in my list lol.
     

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