UnderGround Forums Why doesn’t Khabib work on his striking?

11 days ago
7/27/11
Posts: 32150

With his grappling ability, the thought of him developing his striking would make him an undeniable all time p4p GOAT. 

Russia has so many great boxers, kickboxers, TKD fighters, etc. Why hasn’t his dad encouraged him to seek out diverse training? Ive read before that his dad restricts him from sparring when he’s at home, which I commend. He’s looking out for his son, but with that said, he’s a championship level fighter.

Could you imagine if Khabib spent a year in Holland or Thailand? It would be terrifying to watch, he’s a freak fucking athlete. 

11 days ago
7/20/04
Posts: 1058

Not sure that would add to what he brings. In all reality, I believe that would put him in striking range more, away from his source of dominance. What might change my mind on the benefits of striking for Khabib is if he's shown to be inferior to a high level folkstyle wrestling approach at 170 (Colby, Askren. Kamaru, Ferguson)

11 days ago
7/2/11
Posts: 179

The guy is 28 and 0. Pretty sure he has a solid gameplan for competing at the highest level with any opponent. Not sure why anyone would question what he's doing, or not doing, when the game he has is virtually flawless.

11 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 38426

Why don't his opponents just side step the takedown? 

11 days ago
8/14/12
Posts: 5610

Short answer. He does. Op is an idiot. He stood with Conor for a whole round. He stood with raging al half the fight 

11 days ago
2/15/06
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Uhtred Ragnarson - 

With his grappling ability, the thought of him developing his striking would make him an undeniable all time p4p GOAT. 

Russia has so many great boxers, kickboxers, TKD fighters, etc. Why hasn’t his dad encouraged him to seek out diverse training? Ive read before that his dad restricts him from sparring when he’s at home, which I commend. He’s looking out for his son, but with that said, he’s a championship level fighter.

Could you imagine if Khabib spent a year in Holland or Thailand? It would be terrifying to watch, he’s a freak fucking athlete. 


He learned from GSP. GSP used to strike a lot more until a short lesser fighter knocked him out. From then on GSP used his wrestling first.
11 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 4947
StrikingMMA - 
Uhtred Ragnarson - 

With his grappling ability, the thought of him developing his striking would make him an undeniable all time p4p GOAT. 

Russia has so many great boxers, kickboxers, TKD fighters, etc. Why hasn’t his dad encouraged him to seek out diverse training? Ive read before that his dad restricts him from sparring when he’s at home, which I commend. He’s looking out for his son, but with that said, he’s a championship level fighter.

Could you imagine if Khabib spent a year in Holland or Thailand? It would be terrifying to watch, he’s a freak fucking athlete. 


He learned from GSP. GSP used to strike a lot more until a short lesser fighter knocked him out. From then on GSP used his wrestling first.

GSPs striking got way better after that.

Remember his jab? (Koscheck does)

We never saw that until way after Serra. He got profoundly better striking after that fluke loss.
11 days ago
12/7/10
Posts: 2143

Why doesn't Tom Brady work on his running?

 

Why doesn't Rita Ora work on her typing skills?

 

duh

11 days ago
2/15/06
Posts: 22547
Dryfly - 
StrikingMMA - 
Uhtred Ragnarson - 

With his grappling ability, the thought of him developing his striking would make him an undeniable all time p4p GOAT. 

Russia has so many great boxers, kickboxers, TKD fighters, etc. Why hasn’t his dad encouraged him to seek out diverse training? Ive read before that his dad restricts him from sparring when he’s at home, which I commend. He’s looking out for his son, but with that said, he’s a championship level fighter.

Could you imagine if Khabib spent a year in Holland or Thailand? It would be terrifying to watch, he’s a freak fucking athlete. 


He learned from GSP. GSP used to strike a lot more until a short lesser fighter knocked him out. From then on GSP used his wrestling first.

GSPs striking got way better after that.

Remember his jab? (Koscheck does)

We never saw that until way after Serra. He got profoundly better striking after that fluke loss.

His wrestling became his first goto rather than his striking. BJ Penn remembers that.
11 days ago
12/7/10
Posts: 2144

Besides, if he took a year off just to work on striking/boxing, thats two maybe three fights he would lose out on which could mean several million dollars lost as well as promotional/advertising revenue.

I dont think thats a equal tradeoff just to wow people on striking.

11 days ago
7/15/14
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Vikingknee - 

Short answer. He does. Op is an idiot. He stood with Conor for a whole round. He stood with raging al half the fight 


Lol dude that's harsh! :)

but yes you have arm barred the correct!
11 days ago
5/30/15
Posts: 2460

What makes you think he doesn't work on his striking? 

11 days ago
8/3/11
Posts: 24948

Khabib does work on his striking and Javier Mendez mentioned just recently that Khabibs striking improved leaps and bounds. He just fought the guy with arguably best hands in the division so of course his striking looked pale in comparison but that doesn't mean he can't punch. Iaquinta admitted that Khabibs striking is vastly underrated.

10 days ago
10/30/03
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Dryfly -
StrikingMMA - 
Uhtred Ragnarson - 

With his grappling ability, the thought of him developing his striking would make him an undeniable all time p4p GOAT. 

Russia has so many great boxers, kickboxers, TKD fighters, etc. Why hasn’t his dad encouraged him to seek out diverse training? Ive read before that his dad restricts him from sparring when he’s at home, which I commend. He’s looking out for his son, but with that said, he’s a championship level fighter.

Could you imagine if Khabib spent a year in Holland or Thailand? It would be terrifying to watch, he’s a freak fucking athlete. 


He learned from GSP. GSP used to strike a lot more until a short lesser fighter knocked him out. From then on GSP used his wrestling first.

GSPs striking got way better after that.

Remember his jab? (Koscheck does)

We never saw that until way after Serra. He got profoundly better striking after that fluke loss.

It's not a fluke that Matt serra could have butt raped gsp and made him his prison bitch. Gsp tapped to strikes while simultaneously getting tko'd. Deal with it

10 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 2062
Vikingknee - 

Short answer. He does. Op is an idiot. He stood with Conor for a whole round. He stood with raging al half the fight 


Why is everyone a tough guy in here? This forum used to have people who actually wanted to discuss/debate but now we get this trash.
10 days ago
2/14/11
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Of course he works on his striking, there’s plenty of footage of him doing just that. 

10 days ago
7/27/11
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Khabib does work on his striking and Javier Mendez mentioned just recently that Khabibs striking improved leaps and bounds. He just fought the guy with arguably best hands in the division so of course his striking looked pale in comparison but that doesn't mean he can't punch. Iaquinta admitted that Khabibs striking is vastly underrated.

You know I love you as a poster, but what else is Javier going to say? ‘Oh yeah, Khabib’s striking totally stagnated under my watch. As a matter of fact it’s gotten worse’

 

As far as Iaquinta is concerned, he’s (a) not a good striker to begin with and (b) not a good athlete at all in comparison to Khabib [Khabib is elite, Al is not]. Khabib’s striking is downright dangerous, his athleticism mitigated much of the danger though. 

 

Khabib is friendly with Usyk, Loma, Kovalev and GGG. If he got himself into any one of their camps, he’s such a freak athlete, he’ll surely improve by leaps and bounds. 

10 days ago
7/27/11
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Vikingknee - 

Short answer. He does. Op is an idiot. He stood with Conor for a whole round. He stood with raging al half the fight 


Why is everyone a tough guy in here? This forum used to have people who actually wanted to discuss/debate but now we get this trash.

Most of the forum doesn’t train at all. 

 

I wish there was a technique ground, just for the technical discussion. 

Edited: 10 days ago
9/5/11
Posts: 39610

His striking is actually pretty effective. He may not be technical but he lands and clearly has power behind his strikes.

In exchanges he may look reckless but his opponents also know they can’t necessarily capitalize and it’s not all for fear of the takedown. He’s got some torque behind his punches so opponents can’t even go as hard in striking exchanges as they’d like to because he lands heavy. He dropped Conor and was hurling some bombs in his brief exchanges with Dustin.

So opponents end up stuck. They can’t go all in when Khabib is willing to strike because he hits hard and can shoot at any moment, and of course they can’t strike at all when they’re underneath him gasping for air. 

It’s really not fucking fair. 

10 days ago
3/13/18
Posts: 545

Very simple. It's called "father plan"...

 

He says it himself, that he would love to show his progress in that dept. except...father plan:

 

 

10 days ago
7/27/11
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His striking is actually pretty effective. He may not be technical but he lands and clearly has power behind his strikes.

In exchanges he may look reckless but his opponents also know they can’t necessarily capitalize and it’s not all for fear of the takedown. He’s got some torque behind his punches so opponents can’t even go as hard in striking exchanges as they’d like to because he lands heavy. He dropped Conor and was hurling some bombs in his brief exchanges with Dustin.

So opponents end up stuck. They can’t go all in when Khabib is willing to strike because he hits hard and can shoot at any moment, and of course they can’t strike at all when they’re underneath him gasping for air. 

It’s really not fucking fair. 

Nobody is denying his athleticism. It’s 99% of the reason why he’s so dominant. He’s the best athlete 155 has ever seen. 

 

His striking however is still abysmal. I would fucking kill to see him spend a year in Holland. He’d come back with a vengeance.

10 days ago
3/13/08
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Uhtred Ragnarson -
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Khabib does work on his striking and Javier Mendez mentioned just recently that Khabibs striking improved leaps and bounds. He just fought the guy with arguably best hands in the division so of course his striking looked pale in comparison but that doesn't mean he can't punch. Iaquinta admitted that Khabibs striking is vastly underrated.

You know I love you as a poster, but what else is Javier going to say? ‘Oh yeah, Khabib’s striking totally stagnated under my watch. As a matter of fact it’s gotten worse’

 

As far as Iaquinta is concerned, he’s (a) not a good striker to begin with and (b) not a good athlete at all in comparison to Khabib [Khabib is elite, Al is not]. Khabib’s striking is downright dangerous, his athleticism mitigated much of the danger though. 

 

Khabib is friendly with Usyk, Loma, Kovalev and GGG. If he got himself into any one of their camps, he’s such a freak athlete, he’ll surely improve by leaps and bounds. 

Khabib's brand of athleticism is such that doesn't traditionally transition to great striking based MAs.

10 days ago
7/27/11
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leifdawg -
Uhtred Ragnarson -
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Khabib does work on his striking and Javier Mendez mentioned just recently that Khabibs striking improved leaps and bounds. He just fought the guy with arguably best hands in the division so of course his striking looked pale in comparison but that doesn't mean he can't punch. Iaquinta admitted that Khabibs striking is vastly underrated.

You know I love you as a poster, but what else is Javier going to say? ‘Oh yeah, Khabib’s striking totally stagnated under my watch. As a matter of fact it’s gotten worse’

 

As far as Iaquinta is concerned, he’s (a) not a good striker to begin with and (b) not a good athlete at all in comparison to Khabib [Khabib is elite, Al is not]. Khabib’s striking is downright dangerous, his athleticism mitigated much of the danger though. 

 

Khabib is friendly with Usyk, Loma, Kovalev and GGG. If he got himself into any one of their camps, he’s such a freak athlete, he’ll surely improve by leaps and bounds. 

Khabib's brand of athleticism is such that doesn't traditionally transition to great striking based MAs.

He’s lightning quick, and insanely powerful. He may not have great control of his body, but he’s about as close to Yoel Romero as well get at 155.

10 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 35521
He's smart enough not to change his game-plan which is all about his take-downs and top-control.

He'd be stupid if he decided to become a striker, just because.

Everything he does should be to set up/improve his ability to get take-downs and gain top-control. If that means improving his striking, then so be it. But to abandon his bread-and-butter just to get some highlight-reel KOs would be absolutely foolish.

We've seen plenty of great grapplers throughout the history of the sport fall in love with their striking and actually regress as fighters or just flat-out KOed for their efforts.
10 days ago
9/13/18
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Uhtred Ragnarson -
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Khabib does work on his striking and Javier Mendez mentioned just recently that Khabibs striking improved leaps and bounds. He just fought the guy with arguably best hands in the division so of course his striking looked pale in comparison but that doesn't mean he can't punch. Iaquinta admitted that Khabibs striking is vastly underrated.

You know I love you as a poster, but what else is Javier going to say? ‘Oh yeah, Khabib’s striking totally stagnated under my watch. As a matter of fact it’s gotten worse’

 

As far as Iaquinta is concerned, he’s (a) not a good striker to begin with and (b) not a good athlete at all in comparison to Khabib [Khabib is elite, Al is not]. Khabib’s striking is downright dangerous, his athleticism mitigated much of the danger though. 

 

Khabib is friendly with Usyk, Loma, Kovalev and GGG. If he got himself into any one of their camps, he’s such a freak athlete, he’ll surely improve by leaps and bounds. 

You kidding me?? Michael Johnson put his hands all over khabib. His stand up was only effective against conner in the third round, after he spent two full rounds rubbin dagistan dick all over him. Khabib would get wrecked by his last six opponents if he stood with them the entire fight. All you crazy assholes out there sayin khabib has great striking, your fucking delusional!