UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov has swiftly refuted lightweight competitor Bobby Green’s recent accusations. Green accused him and his protege Islam Makhachev of avoiding USADA testing.
Green is slated for a main event showdown with No. 10 ranked contender Grant Dawson at UFC Vegas 80. He recently appeared on the JAXXON podcast alongside MMA legend Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, where he voiced claims against Nurmagomedov and protege Islam Makhachev.
Greeb claimed that the two frequently tried to avoid USADA testing requirements during their respective ascents to the top of the division.
Green stated: “Khabib and Islam, they go to a mosque, you know? They train at some place where they can’t be, you can’t go to, USADA can’t come in here. For months, they can do whatever they wanna do.”
Taking to Instagram stories, Khabib responded with a reminder of their extensive experience and numerous USADA tests over the course of their careers. He emphasized, “There’s nothing wrong with giving power to a champion, whether you like it or not. But it is not given to everyone, for this you need brains and preferably not from straw. @islam_makhachev You can’t give them a break.”
“And tell him that I have about 300 amateur fights in different sports, Islam has been playing amateur (kick) sports also since 9 years old and has vast experience behind him. I am not talking about experience in professionals anymore.”
“I took the doping test 49 times in 5 years. Islam is about to have 50 tests, someone tell Bobby what Islam did to him was pure machinery used for years.”
In 2022, Islam Makhachev and Bobby Green faced off in a Fight Night headliner. Makhachev decisively defeated Green in the opening round via ground and pound.
Makhachev’s victory earned him a chance at UFC gold against former champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 280 last year. He clinched the lightweight title with a second-round submission over the promotion’s most prolific finisher.
A year following their initial encounter, Makhachev and Oliveira are set to face off once more at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi on October 21.