Freestyle wrestling or judo: which one is better? Well, surprisingly enough, Khabib Nurmagomedov thinks it’s – judo.
Even though he grew up wrestling, “The Eagle” thinks that an Olympic gold medal in judo is worth more than the one in wrestling.
Why so? Nurmagomedov explained his opinion in a throwback conversation with Henry Cejudo:
If I have a chance to take a judo Olympic gold medal over freestyle [wrestling]? Please – of course, [I would choose] judo.
Hey, I’m from Dagestan, I love freestyle wrestling but judo is [on a] different level.
The former and undefeated UFC Lightweight Champion further explained that there’s a lot more people training judo worldwide.
Which is one of the reasons why it’s ahead of wrestling:
My father loved judo. Frankie [Edgar], I’m from Dagestan [where] everybody loves freestyle wrestling.
We talk about Dagestan; three million people. But what about the seven billion people [around the world]? They love judo.
Judo is like [on a] different [level]. [Around] 176 countries compete in the Olympic games [in judo].
In freestyle wrestling? [Around] 54 or 56 countries [participate].
It’s an interesting discussion, made even more interesting because of Cejudo’s bewilderment.
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