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In his recent MacLife interview when asked about Khabib and his retirement Conor says stuff like...
"It is what it is, how he could walk away at this stage is baffling to me but each to their own".
"Even the Tony situation, you are scheduled to fight a man, no matter what, you can't just scurry away from bouts. Its been the hallmark of his approach, I was not surprised to see him walk away or scurry away, you know. It is what it is, we carry on".
Lets take a look at the past five years of both men's UFC career.
In that time Conor has gone 3-2 and he did not bother to defend the LW title when he won it. His latest win was over a shot fighter and he was looking to fight a shot Diego Sanchez after that win. Conor also got the title fight because Dana and Eddie picked him over Khabib despite the fact Khabib was the rightful contender while Conor was 0-0 at LW and had just gone 1-1 at WW vs Nate and some people feel he went 0-2 vs Nate. After CONOR LOST TO KHABIB, he did not fight for almost one and a half years and returned vs a shot fighter at WW because he could not be bothered to cut weight.
In the same timeframe Khabib is 7-0 in the UFC at LW, one of those wins was Horcher who had to replace Tony because Tony pulled out of the Khabib fight with injury. Khabib also beat Iaquinta for the belt because Conor had left the sport and once again, Tony was out with injury. Khabib was then happy to fight Conor and he smoked him, made him tap. Then he beat Dustin. Gaethje destroyed Tony and then Khabib beat Gaethje, right after losing his coach and father.
Khabib is a 13-0 UFC LW and the greatest LW of all time.
Conor is a 1-1 UFC LW and he was gifted his title shot so the promotion could make money.
A 1-1 LW can't talk about a 13-0 LW who beat him "scurrying away" when he decides to retire. Well he can but its just talk that nobody buys.