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Would Khabib have gotten very famous if he didn't fight Conor?

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  1. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

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    Basically the title, does Khabib actually have Conor to thank for his fame, which he is now using to the benefit of combat athletes in Dagestan?

    Remember there was no reason for Conor to come back after the Mayweather fight as he was financially set.
     
  2. hbombfromhell Purple Belt

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  3. Get To Da Choppa Brown Belt

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    He was already a big name in MMA, but the fight against Conor took him to a whole nother level, and made him transcend sports barriers
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  4. Rdude92 Brown Belt

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    Law of attraction. One goes up the other goes down
     
  5. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

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    Well when Mayweather was 29-0, he had just won the second fight against Jose Luis Castillo. If he had stopped at that point, he wouldn't have been very famous.
     
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  6. sdpdude9 Black Belt

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    I think he still would have been pretty big within the Muslim community regardless. But the Conor feud gained him international recognition. He never would have been as big without Conor, that’s just a fact regardless of how one may feel about Conor.
     
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  7. aali14 Silver Belt

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    I don't think so, at least not in terms of being PPV star.
     
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  8. WalterSobchak You're a bunch of fucking amateurs.

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    Possibly for bathing with tons of men. Completely normal.
     
  9. Substance Abuse Plutonium Belt Platinum Member

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    But he is, so who cares?
     
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  10. hbombfromhell Purple Belt

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    29-0 is almost impossible in MMA because there are many more ways to lose than Boxing.

    This is why Khabib is the only 29-0 goat mma fighter.
     
  11. TR1 Red Belt

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    Reminder than Conor fans actually enjoy the behavior of that cunt.

     
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  12. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

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    Whether he is or not isn't really answering the question of the thread.
     
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  13. whileswimming.idrink White Belt

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    I think such world is not exist to even speculate from because their rivalry had been set from very early.

    The dolly attacks/assault, the press conference. All news-worthy.

    You can also try to think hypothetically if Conor won in UFC 229, Conor will be an even more megastar than he is now. Plus he lost that Mayfeather fight.

    Also Khabib jumping out of the cage really make the headlines.

    -Also try to think about that Khabib-Tony matchup, 4 times being arranged but never happened. Khabib-Conor is just a written destiny that should has happened that had already happened. It's inevitable, unavoidable MMA matchup in the history of the sport.
     
  14. Grapplefest Black Belt

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    Dustin Poirier barely gained any fame after beating Conor (first to ever knock him out at that)
     
  15. hbombfromhell Purple Belt

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    Of course destroying and humiliating the most popular fighter in the sport gave Khabib Conor's mojo.

    It was the perfect recipe for Khabib. The greatest fighter in the biggest fight against the most popular one.

    Hundreds of millions of people have now watched Khabib beatdown Conor McGregor.

    That's great press.

    Not to say he still wouldn't have like 10 million ig followers right now, but he has 30 million thanks to making Conor quit.
     
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  16. moosaev Brown Belt

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    You should look at his social media footprint prior to the Conor fight, he was gaining followers at an exponential rate even before the Conor fight, but Conor only accelerated that growth, but it’s simply a myth that Conor was the one that put him on the map. Khabib was well on his way to stardom.
     
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    People don't remember that Khabib already had 3-4mil insta followers before the McGregor bout.
    Cowboy Cerrone, already a popular fighter by his own right, after fighting McGregor, currently stands at 2,2mil followers. Dustin, after beating Conor, is now at 2.7mil followers.

    Today: Conor 39m (was about 27-29m when fought Khabib)
    Khabib: 27m (was 3-4m when fought Conor)
    Nate Diaz: 4.6m followers
    random number for comparison: Zubaira Tukhugov - 3.2m instagram followers, still more than Dustin or Cerrone

    I think it's simply inevitable that Khabib would have gotten to super stardom, simply because of being muslim and russian sports frontrunner. Will be likely doing numbers like Salah in future.
     
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  18. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

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    But actually I do not think their rivalry was such that it would have made a fight between them inevitable, were it not for Khabib and his gang waylaying Artem, which really reeks of Khabib going along with one of Ali's ideas to get a fight with Conor.
     
  19. RetiredSlave Red Belt

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    Notorious humiliation. Every win makes a fighter a little bit more famous innit?
     
  20. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

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    First I'm not sure he didn't gain any fame. Second Conor had already been defeated in MMA and hasn't fought in a year at that point.
     

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