There aren’t many more loved and decorated stars in the history of the UFC than Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Earlier this year he inducted into the Modern-Era wing of the Hall of Fame and rightly so after finishing his career unbeaten with 29 wins and zero losses.
A number of major players crossed paths with Khabib during his career, the most talked about one, of course, being ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor.
After beating the Irishman in the October of 2018, he went on to add to his tally with wins over an American duo. Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier. Both of these bouts went the way of Khabib via submission.
At the same time, though, there are clearly some fighters who would have fancied themselves to dent the unbeaten 29-0 record of the Russian.
Who did Khabib wish he fought in the UFC?
Tony Ferguson was the true one who got away for Khabib, obviously, as their scheduled fights got struck down consistently.
Video: Khabib & Tony Ferguson face off
An injury halted Khabib from fighting Ferguson in 2015 and so was subsequently replaced by Edson Barboza. But missed weights and global pandemics also ruined fight plans, with the scrap being canceled a ridiculous five times.
Speaking at a recent charity event in Toronto, Canada about those who he wished he could have fought, Khabib was quickly to name Tony Ferguson as his biggest regret.
“Of course it was Tony Ferguson for sure, but this has never happened,” he said, as per MMAJunkie.
Another name that cropped up was clearly with the Canadian crowd in mind.
“OK, GSP, if you guys want – but I respect this guy a lot. I grew up with his fights. When he became UFC Champion in 2007, I (hadn’t started) my professional career. I was an amateur fighter and I watched a lot of his fights with my father. GSP was like a role model in MMA for me. If you guys want (that) fight, OK – let’s say GSP.”
Georges St-Pierre was a two-weight champion in the UFC and is lauded by many as one of the very best.
The final name for Khabib was Anthony Pettis.
And I think it was 2014-15 when Anthony Pettis was UFC champion. (At) that time, I really, really wanted to fight this guy, but then he lost his title vs. Rafael dos Anjos. After that, his career go down – he never came back. It was Anthony Pettis, Tony Ferguson and Canadian superstar GSP.”
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