You can safely label former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker a fan of UFC lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Whittaker is expected to return to the cage opposite Jared Cannonier at UFC 254, a card that will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
Speaking on a recent episode of Submission Radio, Whittaker was asked about potentially sharing a card with the lightweight champ, and had nothing but good things to say about him.
“I think Khabib is phenomenal,” Whittaker said, heaping praise on the lightweight champion. “One, he’s very respectful and honourable. I think he’s a stand-up role model for the sport and for people alike. I think that’s how you should act, especially us as warriors going into battle. I think that’s the respect and the honour you have to give your opponent. That’s the first one, that’s my thing. I think GSP did a good job of that as well. And there are a lot of other fighters, but that’s the train I’m thinking of.
“Two, it’s just Khabib’s fighting prowess and style, man,” Whittaker added. “Like, everyone knows what he’s gonna do. Everyone knows what he’s gonna do, and no one can stop him. No one can stop him. And it’s no secret. He doesn’t’ come into fights with new game plans, he doesn’t come into fights, it just doesn’t matter because he just knows that he’s gonna take you down and bash the shit out of you. That’s it every fight. Same game plan, same layout. He knows.
“It’s amazing,” Whittaker continued. “It is amazing to have that sort of level of anything in the game. Because there has been good and very high-level guys in the game across the history. There’s been a lot of high-level guys with those sort of skillsets, where people know what to do, and then they start to work them out and they start to counter them, and then you see everyone switch onto it and the guy can’t quite get to his game plan anymore. Not with Khabib. Khabib does it. He makes it work no matter what. And that is amazing. Amazing. Especially at the level that he’s at. I think that’s amazing.
“I don’t see him losing. I don’t see him losing ever.”
What do you think of the praise Robert Whittaker has for Khabib Nurmagomedov?