Khabib Nurmagomedov On The Biggest Problem In BJJ

Khabib Nurmagomedov is uniquely qualified to give an outsider’s perspective on BJJ. He’s not just an undefeated UFC Lightweight Champion with a perfect 28-0 record but he’s also a Judo black belt and two-time Combat Sambo World Champion known for his relentless takedowns and incredible chain-wrestling. He’s no stranger to the art of submitting opponents either as he’s finished 10 of his fights by submission, including his most recent Lightweight title defense against Dustin Poirier and his record-breaking fight against Conor McGregor back at UFC 229.

“Jiu-Jitsu (has a) very big problem, (there) is no good takedowns. No good, no good takedowns but on the ground (it) is perfect. Jiu-Jitsu on the ground is perfect and if you want to begin Jiu-Jitsu you need takedown(s), guys. In Sambo (there) is very good takedowns, takedown skills and if you have (a) mix (of) Combat Sambo plus Wrestling this is unstoppable.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov on the problem with BJJ.

Khabib has beaten several BJJ black belts using his elite wrestling abilities and absolutely savage ground and pound, nullifying the majority of submission attempts on the way. His next title defense might signal a changing of pace compared to his usual domination, when he comes up against 10th Planet black belt and the man with the most unpredictable ground game in the UFC, Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 28th, 2020. This will give BJJ fans across the world one more opportunity to see if it’s possible for anyone to submit Khabib Nurmagomedov, or if his wrestling really is simply unstoppable.

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Alex Lindsey

Alex Lindsey is the managing editor here at Grappling Insider. Originally starting training in MMA in 2008, injuries and university slowed progress until he decided to put on a gi for the first time back in 2015.

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