Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib posted on Instagram videos of Justin Gaethje insinuating this is who he'd like to have as his next opponent targeted for UFC 253.

The world has been patiently waiting the return of Khabib Nurmagomedov since his last fight against Dustin Poirier in September of 2019. Khabib holding an incredible record of 28-0 is regarded as one of the best fighters to ever enter the octagon. The news of his potential new match up comes after his long awaited fight against Tony Ferguson was cancelled for the fifth time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and proceeding quarantine.


New Match Up

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Как вам? My next opponent.

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Due to the cancellation of the original Tony Ferguson match up a new contender has risen to the top of the ranks. Taking advantage of an opportunistic fight in UFC 249 Ferguson found himself suffering a devastating loss against a ready and willing Justin Gaethje. This loss has sprung Gaethje into the opportunity of a lifetime as the UFC rumors swirl about the potential match up of Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje in UFC 253.

UFC 249 Disrupts Ferguson's Khabib Shot

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his title at the company's "Fight Island" in Abu Dhabi Saturday defeating Justin Gaethje by second round submission, then promptly announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

Gaethje employed a stick and move strategy that helped him avoid Nurmagomedov's relentless wrestling game until the end of the first round when the champion took him to the mat and easily passed his guard going for an armbar attempt. Though the bell sounded before Nurmagomedov could cinch in the armbar, he was instantly back to work in the second round taking Gaethje down, mounting him and wrapping his legs around the challenger's neck to fall back into a perfect triangle choke. Gaethje quickly tapped but, when referee Jason Herzog was slow to step in, he appeared to briefly go unconscious.

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Nurmagomedov, competing for the first time since his father passed away earlier in the year, immediately announced this would be his final fight. If he does stay away from the cage, he leaves the sport with an unblemished 29-0 record.

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