Often regarded as one of the greatest fighters of his generation, ‘The Eagle’ was renowned for his wrestling-based style of unrelenting pressure, due to his agility, cardio and grappling ability, as well as his use of trips, feints, effective striking, takedown attempts and ground and pound from a top position.
When asked by ESPN‘s Brett Okamoto if he considers himself to be one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, the 32-year-old replied: “I don’t want to push my name [or say], ‘Call me greatest of all time.’ No. I am one of the greatest of all time.
“I am on one level. I put my name on one level. I don’t want to call this guy the greatest, he’s No. 2, he’s No. 3… One of the best.”
The 32-year-old Russian superstar had teased a sensational return to the octagon earlier this year when UFC president Dana White attempted to coax him out of retirement.
However, the Dagestani wrestler is now focused on promoting and is happy with the decision to hang up his gloves.
He added: “For me it’s like, 30-0, 29-0, 15-0, like, it’s nothing. I fight, I show the world from nowhere I come here and take over everything, you know?
“At that moment, I was No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, nobody can say nothing.
“He showed versus them like very bad performance and everything what happened with doping and everything but what about me? I was mauling everybody.
“And at that moment, 24 October, 2020, I was on the top, and after that what happened, I don’t care.”