Why Khabib Nurmagomedov calls Bellator’s Gegard Moussais ‘lowest-ranking soldier in MMA’

Aunt Gegard had a great performance in Dublin four months ago. It wasn’t an epic-length performance so it all became more spectacular. The Baletter MMA middleweight champion took less than a minute and a half to destroy the undefeated challenger in the Baletter 275 main event.

Austin Wonderford, to his credit (and final death), attacked at 3 Arena that night, closing the gap from the start and throwing big punches. But Auntie had the answer to everything she threw at her, and those responses immediately overwhelmed Wonderford. Still, as the fight progressed to the end of Round 1 at 1:25 of TKO, Mami was in no hurry. Quiet performance is a feature of the 36-year-old Dutchman’s two-decade career and once again this quality won him over overnight.

Reviewed the low-key champion as one of the most high-profile individuals in the sport.

,[Mousasi] Today the lowest quality fighter in the MMA, “said retired former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Tweeted that night,

Mami (49-7-2) gets a chance to live up to that admiration when she unveiled Friday evening prelims at Belleter 282 (showtime at 9pm, Bellater YouTube page at 6pm) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. ). His challenger this time is another wrestling-heavy undefeated fighter, Johnny Eblen, who loves to train as a Wonderford train at the American Top Team Gym in South Florida.

Mami has won four fights and she has won 12 of the last 13 fights. And for the fighters he encountered during that race, Nurmagomedov’s support is real.

“No one believes what he can do, because his technique is so simple, nothing shiny,” said former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyto Machida, who has twice faced Auntie, won the 2014 UFC match unanimously and lost the split decision. 2019 Ballet in the cage. “But it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t kick at anyone else’s height or if he doesn’t get down on his knees. It doesn’t matter. The important thing is that he’s good everywhere, so round and calm. He can fight anyone and Is He fought with everyone and he won. “

Mamie has won a long list of championship-level fights, from Dan Henderson to Whitter Belfort, Chris Wedman to Rory MacDonald, Machida to Douglas Lima. Aunty Belletter is in her second career and has previously won three other combat outfits, including Strikeforce.

“He should definitely be on the list of the best fighter players ever,” said Lima, a former ballet welterweight champion who lost to Auntie in a 185-pound belt bid in 2020. “The boy has been fighting top competition all his life. Isn’t there something he didn’t defeat Mark Hunt in heavyweight? “

Yes he did. Competing against the 265-pound “Super Samoan” in the 2009 Properly Named Competition in Dream Promotion, Mami pulled out a straight armbar submission in the first round.

But Auntie’s list of compliments is just that – a list. It doesn’t matter.

“I don’t give a damn about the belt,” Auntie said after defending her February title. “I’m here to make money.”

That narrow, workaholic-like focus may have something to do with long-term loss. The aunt has made a career out of talking less in quarrels and after doing what she does best, in a cage or inside a ring, just collects her check and goes home.

“Aunt Federer is like Amelianenko, very quiet, not much is said about it,” Machida said, referring to the Stoic Russian heavyweight legend. “It puts him a little behind in terms of promotion, but at the end of the day, as a martial artist, he has the skills to get results. So what will people say about it? “

Not surprisingly, as soon as Mami won Wonderford, she wanted to say something about herself. “I think I’m the best middleweight in the world right now,” Auntie told reporters. “I never said that [before] Because I never thought I was the best. “

This is a daring adventure for someone competing in weights like UFC champion Israel Adesanya. And yet Auntie, making a case for herself, admits that in a game where various ads run in different silos with rare crossovers, having an opinion about the Peking order of the weight class is like playing a fictional game. “Talking about it,” he said, “is like talking about how I want to be Santa Claus.”

Mamie came to the UFC four years before Adesanya entered the octagon. In 2017, when Mami knocked Wedman to his knees, it was her fifth consecutive victory, winning four of them. 4 in the UFC’s official middleweight rankings, and he felt he was on his way to challenge then-champion Michael Bisping. But the UFC changed the title shot to Robert Whitaker.

So it was on Aunt Belletter, who became the champion in less than a year. And don’t talk too much about it.

“We have people in this game who talk a lot but it’s not good, but people know their name and they fight for the championship and for the big money,” Lima said. “And then there’s a man like Auntie, who talks about herself in the cage and kicks. His distance control, his timing, his calmness, his aggression, his takedown defense, his jiu-jitsu – it all makes him a tough guy to fight. He works hard, I know, but he makes it seem like a walk in the park. I want people to respect him more. ”

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