Fearless University Graduate
Exactly this. As good as Khabib is, and as much as there's that potential for him to have been the GOAT. Those claims cant be made when he lacks depth in his accolades. There's guys who have 10 or more Championship wins, there's guys who have wins over a stack of former Champs on their resume's. Khabib only got to that point where he could start racking up meaningful GOAT worthy wins recently. Its really only his last 3 fights that were truly impressive in regards to who he beat. If he had on dominated a few more guys, hit like 35-0 or there abouts then you can seriously start calling him the GOAT. But you cant put his accolades, his resume, over the likes of GSP, Stipe, Mighty Mouse, DC etc. Like 29-0 when more than half those were achieved in shady ass Russia over tomato cans just isn't an impressive enough resume.Khabib lacks the depth of quality wins that Jones, GSP or Anderson have. His top 5 wins are good but after that you are quickly getting to guys like Iaquinta and Michael Johnson. Then on top of that 16 of his 29 wins came from fighting at a domestic level in Russia, often against guys who were inexperienced and/or had losing records. I mean. Fedor gets criticised for record padding but he spent a higher percentage of his career competing in the big leagues against name fighters, plus he had the extra factor of being a small HW when considering him in the GOAT discussion.
If Khabib would have stuck around a little longer and added Chandler and a few other quality wins to his record then the depth would start to become comparable, as it stands its definitely not.